Cartwright Amazed By Rapid Rise
4 April 2017  


Hilton Cartwright still cannot believe his rise from the fringes of the state side to WA’s best after being crowned the Laurie Sawle Medallist at Friday’s ceremony.

Cartwright, 25, won the medal for the most outstanding Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors player during the season, voted by match umpires and the State Match Committee in both the Sheffield Shield and Matador BBQs One Day Cup.

The all-rounder topped the side’s Shield scoring charts with 861 runs at 53.81 including two centuries and seven wickets with the ball.

The 2016-17 season saw him make an Australia A century, earn his maiden ODI call-up, make his Test debut and emphatically cement his spot in the WA Shield XI.

"From where I’ve been, to get this within 24 months just shows what I’m capable of,” Cartwright said.

"Hopefully I can continue that going forward and become a bigger and better player.

"Two years ago I wasn’t really on the scene and now I feel like I’ve exposed myself to WA cricket and hopefully that can extend to Australian cricket as well.”

Cartwright found it hard to pinpoint the reasons behind his rise, but said things had just clicked.

"I got asked the same question a few times in the last week. It’s just been nailing down what I know my game is,” he said.

"This year towards the back-end of last year it really clicked and this year it just seemed to fall into place nicely.

"Hopefully I can continue that to keep going and have some more success with WA.”

Cartwright added that he hadn’t expected to win the top gong, but had a feeling he was a fair chance after winning the Domestic Four-Day Player of the Year.

"When I won the Shield player, I thought maybe, but I knew Ash Turner had a terrific year so I was preparing myself,” Cartwright said.

"But I don’t think anything can prepare you for walking up on stage to accept an award like this.

"I can’t really describe it. It’s just a weird but amazing feeling.

"To win a calibre of award like this, it’s just amazing.”