Bankstown Sports allrounder Rhiannon Dick has claimed the First Grade Player of the Year Award at the 2018 McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Premiers Dinner at the Dockside Function Centre on Friday.
It capped off a very successful night for Dick, who also took out the award for leading batting average and aggregate in First Grade. The talented allrounder scored 485 runs at 69.29 during the season.
The Player of the Year Award is based on a points system that awards one point for every run scored throughout the season, and 15 points for each wicket, catch or stumping claimed during the campaign.
Dick finished the season on 835 points, some 121 points ahead of her nearest rival St George-Sutherland wicketkeeper-batter Joanne Kelly on 714 points.
Bankstown Sports wicketkeeper-batter Laura Wright finished in third place on 675 points.
Dick joined former Australian and New South Wales players Bronwyn Calver and the great Belinda Clark, as winners of the award.
Distinguished Breakers medium-pace bowler, Sarah Aley, and winner of the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year at the 2018 Allan Border Medal, Georgia Redmayne, have also won the award within the last seven seasons.
Calver has won the award more times than any other female cricketer in Sydney Women’s Grade cricket. She claimed the honour five times between 1993/94 and 2007/08. Clark was named Player of the Year on three occasions.
Universities allrounder Shebani Bhaskar won the prestigious Bob Curtin Memorial Umpires Award.
St George-Sutherland claimed the Club Championship after an outstanding season. The club turned around a last placed finish in 2016/17 to make the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket First Grade Grand Final in 2017/18.
The Slayers went down to Universities in the deciding match. The students claimed their second title in five seasons and first since they defeated St George-Sutherland in the 2013/14 Grand Final.
In its first season involved with the McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket competition, Manly-Warringah received the Spirit of Cricket Award for the club that best exemplified the values of the game.
2018 McDonald’s Women’s Premier Cricket Player of the Year
Rhiannon Dick (Bankstown Sports)
Bob Curtin Umpires Award
Shebani Bhaskar (Universities)
Spirit of Cricket Award
1st Grade Batting Aggregate
Rhiannon Dick (485 runs)
1st Grade Batting Average
Rhiannon Dick (485 runs at 69.29)
1st Grade Bowling Aggregate
Emily Mifsud (St George-Sutherland – 24 wickets)
1st Grade Bowling Average
Nell Gibson (Universities – 10 wickets at 7.5)
1st Grade Wicketkeeping
Laura Wright (Bankstown Sports – 15 dismissals)
1st and 2nd Grade Combined T20 Player of the Year
Laura Wright (Bankstown Sports)
1st Grade Premiers
1st and 2nd Grade Combined T20 Premiers
2nd Grade Player of the Year
Kelsey Miller (Parramatta)
3rd Grade Player of the Year
Erica James (Universities)
Under 17 Brewer Shield Player of the Year
Kinjal Kumari (Gordon)
2nd Grade Premiers
3rd Grade Premiers
Under 17 Brewer Shield Premiers
3rd Grade T20 Premiers
Under 17 Brewer Shield T20 Premiers