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Perry clinches inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint award for ICC Women's cricketer of the year

Perry
This is Perry’s maiden ICC award since becoming the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she debuted in 2007.
  • New Zealand’s Satterthwaite claims ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year award

  • Australia’s Mooney wins ICC Women’s T20I and Emerging Player of the Year awards

  • Fans can now vote for the ICC Fans Moment of the Year by clicking here

Australia’s Ellyse Perry has won the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year, the International Cricket Council announced today. The award has been introduced in memory of Heyhoe Flint*, one of cricket’s legendary figures, a World Cup winner and ICC Cricket Hall of Famer, who passed in January 2017 at the age of 77.

Perry, the 27-year-old all-rounder from Sydney, scored an undefeated 213 and took three wickets in the one-off Ashes Test in Sydney and, accumulated 905 runs and took 22 wickets in 19 ODIs in the voting period**. She also scored 28 runs and bagged four wickets in four Twenty20 Internationals.

Ellyse Perry
Ellyse Perry

Perry was an integral member of the Australia side which clinched the inaugural ICC Women’s Championship in November 2016 and also helped her side to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 in England earlier this year.

Perry was voted by the voting academy***, which included respected members of the media and broadcasters. New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite and Harmanpreet Kaur of India finished second and third, respectively.

This is Perry’s maiden ICC award since becoming the youngest Australian ever to play international cricket when she debuted in 2007 before her 17th birthday despite never having played a domestic match at the senior level.

She has now joined a select group of Australia women’s cricketers to have won the annual ICC awards. Karen Rolton and Shelley Nitschke won the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year award in 2006 and 2010, respectively, while Meg Lanning won the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year award in 2015. In 2014, Lanning had also won the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year award.

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Ellyse Perry speaks after winning the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award

Reacting to the news, a delighted Perry said: “2017 has been a very special year for women’s cricket with many milestones reached, so it is a privilege and honour to receive the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award. I’d like to acknowledge the incredible work and legacy Rachael has left behind for the game, she is certainly missed. 

“A special thanks to Cricket Australia for the incredible amount of support they provide to the Australian Women’s Cricket Team and the way in which they continue to lead the development of women’s sport in Australia. 

“Also, my team mates and our support staff, thanks so much for making it so enjoyable and memorable to tour and represent Australia. And finally, to my family and friends for their continued and unwavering support, it is truly appreciated.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Perry, saying: “On behalf of the ICC, I want to congratulate Ellyse for winning the inaugural Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the ICC Cricketer of the Year. This recognises the outstanding player of the year in memory of one of the true legends of the game. Rachael’s contribution to the game goes beyond the cricket field as she not only led her team to victory at the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1973 but also played a big part in helping organise it.

“Ellyse has been outstanding during the voting period. She is a worthy winner and an inspiration and a role model for millions of young and emerging players and I’m sure Ellyse will be honoured to be the first recipient of the award.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Amy Satterthwaite has clinched the ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award, while Perry’s team-mate Beth Mooney has won the ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year and ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year awards.

Amy Satterthwaite
Amy Satterthwaite

Satterthwaite is the second New Zealand player after Suzie Bates to have won an ICC award. Bates was declared the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2013, while in 2015, she became the first player to win both the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year and ICC T20I Cricketer of the Year awards in the same year.

In the voting period, Satterthwaite scored 1,183 runs in 24 ODIs at an average of 84.5 with four centuries and five half-centuries, and also took 20 wickets. She beat the challenge from Perry and Alex Hartley of England, who finished second and third, respectively.

Commenting on the announcement, the 31-year-old from Christchurch said: “It is a great honour to be named as ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year. It is a pretty special moment and I guess, probably one of the moments to look back and reflect on the year and what it has been.

“The first six months were a lot of cricket and I really enjoyed myself in the middle. Everyone talks about the four hundreds, that is something that you need situations to go in your favour to hit something like this. It was pretty special at the same time, but I have enjoyed playing my cricket in the last 12 months and really enjoyed my time with the team. I think we have a good team which is gelling together and hitting nice momentum.”

Beth Mooney
Beth Mooney

Mooney was the leading T20I scorer with 255 runs at a strike-rate of 138.5 in seven matches in the voting period, while she also scored 492 runs in 14 ODIs. In the one-off Ashes Test, she scored 27. The qualification criteria for the ICC Emerging Player of the Year was that the player had to be under the age of 26 and not have played more than six ODIs and 10 T20Is prior to the performance period.

Prior to Mooney, Sarah Taylor (2012 and 2013), Lanning (2014), Stafanie Taylor (2015) and Suzie Bates (2016) have won the ICC T20I Player of the Year award, while the ICC Emerging Player of the Year has been introduced from this year in line with the ICC’s commitment to enhancing the importance and significance of women’s cricket as well as to recognise the best performing young talent.

The Windies’ pair of Deandra Dottin and Stafanie Taylor finished second and third, respectively, in the T20I Player of the Year category.

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T20I and Emerging player of the year Beth Mooney reflects on the year

The 23-year-old, commenting on the announcement, said: “This is very unexpected and I’m honoured to receive the ICC T20I and Emerging Player of the Year awards. I play cricket to contribute to the team's success and not for personal accolades, but equally it is nice to be rewarded for all the work of the years.

“Twenty20 cricket has been adopted enthusiastically around the world and has proven to be a fantastic format for women and girls. The Rebel Women’s Big Bash League has been highly successful for Cricket Australia and personally, I benefitted from the exposure and opportunity as a player with the Brisbane Heat.

“The ICC Women’s World Cup in England was a huge event. It was disappointing for Australia but still being part of it was something that I won’t forget.”

Meanwhile, and for the first time this year, the ICC has introduced the ICC Fans Moment of the Year award, which will be chosen by cricket fans around the world who will get a chance to vote for their favourite moment of 2017.

Beth Mooney
Beth Mooney

The voting window for this award is now open and the winning moment will be announced along with the men’s ICC Awards 2017 winners in January 2018.

The nominees for the inaugural ICC Fans Moment of the Year are:

Moment 1: Pakistan stun India to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Moment 2: England and India cap a ground-breaking ICC Women's World Cup at Lord's

Moment 3: Ireland and Afghanistan earn Test status as Full ICC Members

Moment 4: The Netherlands win World Cricket League Championship, paving the way to ODI status

The men’s individual award winners**** for 2017 as well as the teams of the year will be announced in January 2018, and performances from 21 September 2016 to 31 December 2017 will be taken into consideration.

Winners:

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year - Ellyse Perry (Australia) (this is the first time this trophy, introduced in Rachael’s memory, has been awarded)

ICC Women’s ODI Player of the Year - Amy Satterthwaite (New Zealand)

ICC Women’s T20I Player of the Year - Beth Mooney (Australia)

ICC Women’s Emerging Player of the Year - Beth Mooney (Australia)

NOTES TO EDITORS

*Rachael Heyhoe-Flint scored 1594 runs in 22 Test matches with three hundreds at an average of 45.54 and 643 runs in 23 ODIs with one century at 58.45. She was instrumental in organising the first Women’s World Cup in 1973 and was the first woman to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010

**The voting academy included: Chloe Saltau, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar (all Australia); Charlotte Edwards, Kalika Mehta, Alison Mitchell, Alan Wilkins (all England and Wales); Anjum Chopra, Snehal Pradhan (both India); Olivia Caldwell (New Zealand); Firdose Moonda, Natalie Germanos (both South Africa); Sa’adi Thawfeeq (Sri Lanka) and Ian Bishop, Fazeer Mohammad (Windies). The Pakistan representative did not vote, while the voting process was monitored by the ICC’s Head of Internal Audit

***The voting period was from 21 September 2016 to 31 December 2017 but because there was no women’s international cricket post the Ashes in December, 21 November 2017 was taken as the cut-off i.e. last T20I between Australia and England of the calendar year

 ****The winners of men’s individual awards and teams of the year will be announced in January 2018 and will take into consideration performances from 21 September 2016 to 31 December 2017

 To find out more details about the ICC Awards and previous winners, please click here

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