Daniel Hughes and Rene Farrell have claimed the major NSW cricket awards for the 2019/20 season.
Hughes won his second Steve Waugh Medal while Farrell won her first Belinda Clark Medal in her retirement season.
Josh Philippe and Marizanne Kapp were named the Sydney Sixers’ leading male and female players while the Sydney Thunder awards went to Daniel Sams and Hannah Darlington.
Announcing the award winners on Saturday, Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon congratulated the recipients.
“This has been another successful season for Cricket NSW, which was unfortunately cut short by the devastating impact of the coronavirus,” Mr Germon said.
“It’s wonderful to see some of our veterans standing tall while the next generation continues to shine through.
“Particular congratulations to the Sydney Sixers for winning the BBL and Blues for claiming the Marsh Sheffield Shield.
“Unfortunately, the Shield Final, like many finals around NSW, had to be cancelled.
“We thank the NSW cricket community for their understanding during this difficult time and urge everyone to look after themselves and their friends and family so our many teams across the state can hopefully return to the field fit and healthy next season.”
In her final season, Farrell claimed her first Belinda Clark Medal at 33 years of age. The Breakers and Sydney Thunder seamer was also named the Women’s National Cricket League Player of the Season for NSW.
It was the second Steve Waugh Medal for Hughes after receiving his first in 2017/18. The Blues and Sydney Sixers opener also claimed the NSW Blues Marsh One-Day Cup Player of the Season award.
Farrell farewelled the Breakers with 21 wickets at an average of 13.1 including season best figures of 4-33 from 10 overs in the WNCL Final won by Western Australia at North Sydney Oval.
She retired from the game having taken 114 wickets in 101 matches for Australia across T20, One-Day and Test cricket, including an Ashes hat-trick.
Farrell claimed 134 WNCL wickets for NSW, the ACT and Western Australia. Upon finishing her final game for the Sydney Thunder in December, the accurate right-arm seamer was the leading Thunder wicket taker overall with 79 WBBL scalps to her name.
Hughes, 31, was the leading run-scorer in the Marsh One-Day Cup with 440 runs at an average of 73.33, including two centuries and a highest score of 152.
He was pivotal to the Blues claiming their 47th Sheffield Shield title, which was awarded to NSW after nine rounds when the competition was cancelled due to coronavirus health concerns. Hughes made 665 Shield runs at 44.3.
His highest score of 136 against South Australia at Bankstown Oval was one of two centuries for that match. Hughes became the first NSW player to score a century in each innings of a Shield fixture since the now Blues head coach Phil Jaques achieved the feat in 2010/11. Hughes made 103 in the first innings.
Blues fast bowler Harry Conway was named the Marsh Sheffield Shield Player of the Season after a career best season of 25 wickets at 21.32. It followed 22 wickets at an average of 20 the previous season.
Among those 25 scalps included 10 wickets for the match against Queensland at the Gabba.
It was the first time Conway had claimed 10 wickets in a match at First Class level, returning 5-17 and 5-39. The fiery and charismatic paceman also claimed a four-wicket maiden, also against Queensland, at the SCG before Christmas.
Leading wicket taker in the Big Bash this season, Daniel Sams was named the Mike Hussey Medal winner as Sydney Thunder’s BBL|09 Player of the Tournament. The left-arm seamer returned 30 wickets at 15.36.
Rebel WBBL Young Gun Hannah Darlington was awarded the Alex Blackwell Medal as the Thunder’s WBBL|05 Player of the Tournament in her debut season. The 18-year-old seam bowler was the club’s leading wicket taker with 16 wickets at 21.31.
Emerging wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Philippe, 22, was named the Sydney Sixers’ BBL|09 Player of the Tournament.
In just his second season with the Sixers, his 487 runs at a strike rate nearing 130, was pivotal to helping the men in magenta claim the BBL title for a second time. Philippe also claimed seven catches and four stumpings with the gloves.
South African allrounder Marizanne Kapp was named the Sixers WBBL|05 Player of the Tournament scoring 232 runs at 33 and taking 15 wickets at the impressive average of 20.2.
After a sensational debut season in the WNCL and WBBL, 16-year-old Phoebe Litchfield received the Alex Blackwell Award as NSW Country Female Player of the Season.
Litchfield captured the attention of the Australian cricket public in October when her unbeaten 52 guided the Thunder to victory over eventual champions Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval.
She built on that experience, scoring 252 runs at 42 during her first WNCL campaign.
South Coast cricketer Kerrod White was awarded the Josh Hazlewood Medal as NSW Country Male Player of the Season.
Cricket NSW Awards 2019/20
Steve Waugh Medal – Daniel Hughes
Belinda Clark Medal – Rene Farrell
Marsh One Day Cup NSW Player of the Season – Daniel Hughes
WNCL NSW Player of the Season – Rene Farrell
Marsh Sheffield Shield NSW Player of the Season – Harry Conway
WBBL|05 Alex Blackwell Medal – Hannah Darlington
BBL|09 Mike Hussey Medal – Daniel Sams
WBBL|05 Sydney Sixers Player of the Tournament – Marizanne Kapp
BBL|09 Sydney Sixers Player of the Tournament – Josh Philippe
Josh Hazlewood Medal as NSW Country Cricket Male Player of the Season - Kerrod White
Alex Blackwell Award as NSW Country Cricket Female Player of the Season - Phoebe Litchfield