World class allrounder Ellyse Perry and fast bowler Sean Abbott have won the highest individual honours in NSW cricket.
Abbott received his second Steve Waugh Medal as the best male player at the 17th Annual Cricket NSW Awards Dinner on Friday night, while Perry was awarded the Belinda Clark Medal as the most outstanding female cricketer.
In her final campaign before she moves to Victoria next season to be with her husband, Australian Rugby Union player Matt Toomua. Perry claimed her second successive Belinda Clark Medal and third in four years.
Perry smashed the record for most runs in a Women’s Big Bash League season. The Sydney Sixers captain scored 777, at the wonderful average of 86.33, including two centuries.
As a result, Perry was also named the most valuable player for the Sixers in WBBL|04.
Late in the season, Perry made her first One-Day International century, against New Zealand, during the victorious Rose Bowl Series that Australia won 3-0.
In the process, the 28-year-old became just the fifth Australian woman to pass 4,000 International runs, across all formats, joining former Breakers captains Belinda Clark and Alex Blackwell in that select group.
Throughout 2018-19, Abbott enjoyed what many of his team mates and head coach, Phil Jaques, described as a break out season.
He surpassed his previous best Shield season of 27 wickets in 2013/14, the last time he won the Steve Waugh Medal, and took 37 scalps at an average of 22.29.
The tally included career best First Class and Sheffield Shield figures of 7-45 from 12.4 overs against Tasmania that secured the Blues a place in the Final against eventual champions Victoria.
There were early signs the 27-year-old fast bowler was set for an impressive season during the JLT One-Day Cup.
Abbott claimed 12 wickets at 25.5 including back-to-back five wicket hauls against Victoria and Tasmania at North Sydney Oval. He was the leading wicket-taker for the Blues in the one-day competition.
The Sydney Sixers paceman also collected the second most wickets of any bowler in BBL|08 with 22 scalps at 20.13.
His opening bowling partner, the indomitable Trent Copeland, was named the Blues most valuable player in the JLT Sheffield Shield.
Copeland passed 50 wickets for the first time in a Sheffield Shield season during the Blues successful campaign that saw them make their first Final in five seasons.
He finished the competition as the leading wicket taker with 52 wickets at the excellent average of 18.21.
During the season, Copeland claimed his 300th First Class wicket in round one against South Australia at the Adelaide Oval.
He also surpassed the great Australian left-arm fast bowler Alan Davidson on the all-time list of leading wicket takers for NSW in First Class cricket in the final round win over Tasmania.
Copeland moved to 10th on the list and currently sits on 283 wickets. He is seven wickets behind former Blues left-arm spearhead Doug Bollinger who is ninth.
In her first year as Breakers captain, Alyssa Healy was judged the most valuable player for the NSW women’s team as she led her state to its 20th Women’s National Cricket League title in 23 years.
She finished the season with 203 runs at 40.6 as well as 10 catches and three stumpings from her five matches.
Healy finished second in the votes for the Belinda Clark Medal.
After starting the season as a Blues rookie, 18-year-old allrounder Jack Edwards was voted the Most Valuable Player for NSW in the JLT One-Day Cup.
The laid-back teenager became the youngest batsman to score a century in Australian one-day domestic cricket when he peeled off 116 from 112 balls against Queensland.
A month later, Edwards scored his maiden First Class and Sheffield Shield century at the SCG against Tasmania, alongside his Australian Under 19 captain Jason Sangha, who scored his maiden Shield century moments later.
Edwards finished the JLT One-Day Cup as the leading run-scorer for the Blues with 273 runs at 54.6 and was third in the votes for the Steve Waugh Medal behind Abbott and Copeland.
England International allrounder Tom Curran was voted the Most Valuable Player for the Sydney Sixers BBL team after he immediately made an impact in his first season with the club.
Curran was adept bowling at the death of an innings. The right-arm pace bowler claimed 20 wickets at 19.85 and made 185 runs with the bat at a handy strike rate of nearly nine runs per over.
Experienced batsman Callum Ferguson and New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter Rachel Priest each received the most valuable player award for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL and WBBL respectively.
Ferguson was a stand out for the Thunder. He finished the season as the leading run-scorer for the club with 442 runs at a strike rate of almost 135.
This included a stunning unbeaten 113 from just 53 balls to guide the Thunder home against the Perth Scorchers in Western Australia. Chasing 182 to win, Ferguson made his highest T20 score to ensure the win.
Priest was the second leading run-scorer for the Thunder in the WBBL behind Australian vice-captain, and Breakers opening batter, Rachael Haynes, making 338 runs at a strike rate of 134, and claimed 10 dismissals with the gloves, including four catches and six stumpings.
Sixers BBL MVP
1. Tom Curran
2. Stephen O'Keefe
3. Josh Philippe
4. Jordan Silk
Sixers WBBL MVP
1. Ellyse Perry
=2. Erin Burns
=2. Dane Van Niekerk
3. Alyssa Healy
Thunder BBL MVP
1. Callum Ferguson
2. Daniel Sams
=3. Shane Watson
=3. Jos Buttler
Thunder WBBL MVP
1. Rachel Priest
=2. Rachael Haynes
=2. Harmanpreet Kaur
=2. Stafanie Taylor
1. Alyssa Healy
=2. Lauren Cheatle
=2. Rene Farrell
3. Maisy Gibson
JLT One Day Cup MVP
1. Jack Edwards
2. Daniel Sams
3. Sean Abbott
=4. Moises Henriques
=4. Daniel Hughes
JLT Sheffield Shield MVP
1. Trent Copeland
2. Kurtis Patterson
3. Sean Abbott
4. Moises Henriques
Belinda Clark Medal
1. Ellyse Perry
2. Alyssa Healy
3. Rachael Haynes
4. Rene Farrell
Steve Waugh Medal
1. Sean Abbott
2. Trent Copeland
3. Jack Edwards
4. Kurtis Patterson