Anya Shrubsole becomes first women's cricketer to win Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award

South Africa's Dane Van Niekerk is consoled by England's Anya Shrubsole
South Africa's Dane Van Niekerk is consoled by England's Anya Shrubsole
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England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole becomes the first women's cricketer to win Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket Award for her actions during the semi-final of the recently concluded World Cup.

The 25-year-old hit the winning runs in the encounter in Bristol as England completed a tense chase of 219 runs with two wickets in hand to make it to the final of the tournament which they eventually won beating India.

Shrubsole after smashing the boundary went on to console South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk before going on to celebrate the triumph with her team-mates.

She was also instrumental in the final where she claimed figures of 46 for six to help England comeback from behind to edge out India at Lord's.

"MCC works tremendously hard at promoting the Spirit of Cricket at all levels of the game along with the ‘Play Hard, Play Fair’ message, and it is entirely appropriate that the actions of players like Anya are rewarded," President of Marylebone Cricket Club Matthew Fleming said.

“England Women have of course enjoyed an unprecedented year of success and we are delighted that a player who starred in one of the most memorable Lord’s finals ever is the recipient of this award."

The award was created by Marylebone Cricket Club and the BBC in memory of former MCC President and BBC Test Match Special commentator Christopher Martin-Jenkins, who passed away in January 2013, and was passionate about promoting the spirit of the game.

BBC Test Match Special Producer Adam Mountford said, "Anya demonstrated the true spirit of cricket by thinking about the feelings of an opponent even in a moment of dramatic victory.

“She is a deserved winner of the CMJ award and I am especially delighted that in the diamond anniversary year of the programme Judy Martin-Jenkins was able to present the award."

Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) and Tom Fell (Worcestershire) were the other winners of the award previously.

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