Queensland prevailed on Sunday to take their ninth Sheffield Shield title, but as a deserved reward for his 42 wickets this season, Nathan Lyon was named Player of the Season.
Lyon received the honour of Shield Player of the Season after finishing as the competition’s leading wicket taker averaging under 26.
He was seven wickets clear of Tasmanian seamer Jackson Bird. Lyon’s best figures of the season came at the SCG against Victoria returning 6-21.
“Throughout my whole career, it’s been the first time I’ve been able to play every game for NSW, I’m very proud of that. But hats off to Queensland they thoroughly deserve the Shield,” Lyon said at the post match presentation.
“We’re a very proud state and there’s a lot of young up and coming cricketers in our change room that should be very proud of the season they’ve had.
“To come back and pass on a bit of wisdom and bit of advice here and there has been really enjoyable.”
Despite the loss at Brisbane’s Allan Border Field, there are many highlights to reflect upon for the Blues, including the debuts of Ollie Davies and Lachlan Hearne, at One Day and First Class level respectively.
Sean Abbott also confirmed his status as a genuine allrounder, posting his maiden First Class century in a historic win recovering from 64 in their first innings; the lowest first innings score NSW has ever turned into a Sheffield Shield win.
Abbott was the Blues’ second leading run-scorer with 570 runs at an average of 63.33 behind Moises Henriques who made 633 runs, at above 70, including three centuries.
Abbott’s 21 scalps was also second to Lyon as the Blues leading wicket-taker. He claimed 4-71 in the first innings of the Final.
Blues captain for the Shield Final Kurtis Patterson commended the leadership of skipper Peter Nevill and head coach Phil Jaques ‘setting the platform’ for what was overall a successful season qualifying for the Marsh Sheffield Shield decider and defeating WA at Bankstown Oval last weekend to claim the Marsh One Day Cup.
Nevill understandably missed the Shield Final to be by the side of his wife Sammy as they await the arrival of their second child.