Bolton, Marsh Crowned WA's Best for 2019/20
Nicole Bolton and Shaun Marsh have both capped off an outstanding summer of cricket, taking out the Zöe Goss and Laurie Sawle Medals respectively for the 2019-20 season.
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Marsh claimed his second successive Laurie Sawle Medal after a superb year of Domestic cricket highlighted by a match-winning ton in Western Australia’s Marsh One Day Cup Final against Queensland.
His stoic unbeaten 101, perhaps the crowning performance of his 19-year domestic career, led to him being named the WA Domestic One-Day Player of the Year.
The left-handed veteran was the leading run-scorer for WA in the one-day competition, piling on 389 runs with an average of 55.57 across his eight innings – the fifth most in the country.Marsh was also named WA Domestic Four-Day Player of the Year following a strong Marsh Sheffield Shield season, including a career-best double century in a win over Victoria. He finished the competition as the third highest run-scorer with 724, averaging 48.26.
Allrounder Nicole Bolton picked up her third Zöe Goss Medal, following a record-breaking domestic season that saw her recently claim the Women’s National Cricket League Player of the Year award.
The vice-captain played a pivotal role in WA’s first ever WNCL title, and was named Player of the Match for her 67 from 107 balls, the only half-century of the match, and finishing with figures of 3-34 with the ball.
Bolton finished the season on top of the run-scoring leader board with 436 at 48.44, and was the first WA player ever to pass 400 runs in a summer. She also took 16 wickets.
WA spinner Ashton Agar was awarded his first ever media-voted Gold Cup trophy following a strong season on the International stage, which featured his maiden five-wicket haul during the series in South Africa, Australia’s first T20 hattrick in 13 years.
Perth Scorchers speedster Jhye Richardson and England superstar Nat Sciver each came away with the Simon Katich and Scorchers WBBL Player of the Year awards respectively.
Richardson claimed 15 wickets and scored 75 runs and Sciver made 342 runs at an average of 38.00 and claimed six scalps.
Former Australian cricketer Karen Read was inducted into the WA Cricket Gallery of Greats.
Rising Star awards went to 21-year-old allrounder Aaron Hardie and talented batter Ashley Day who both had impressive debut seasons for the State.
WA bowler Kath Hempenstall took out the values-based Legacy Award, while Joel Paris was named winner of the Excalibur award.
Laurie Sawle Medal
1. Shaun Marsh
2. Marcus Stoinis
3. Cameron Green
Zöe Goss Medal
1. Nicole Bolton
2. Natalie Sciver
3. Chloe Piparo
Gold Cup – Ashton Agar
WA Domestic One Day Player Of The Year – Shaun Marsh
WA Domestic Four Day Player of the Year – Shaun Marsh
WA WNCL Player of the Year – Nicole Bolton
Simon Katich Medal – Jhye Richardson
Perth Scorchers WBBL Player of the Year – Nat Sciver
Male Rising Star – Aaron Hardie
Female Rising Star – Ashley Day
Excalibur Award – Joel Paris
Legacy Award – Kath Hempenstall