The talent of the next generation has been highlighted at the WACA’s night of nights, the Laurie Sawle Medal, with tyros Hilton Cartwright and Heather Graham awarded WA cricket’s most prestigious season honours.
About 400 people were in attendance at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre to recognise WA’s most outstanding performers across the 2016-17 season, with the standout season of Laurie Sawle Medallist Cartwright and Zoe Goss Medallist Graham the pinnacle of the proceedings.
The night opened with a visual celebration of the Scorchers’ third KFC Big Bash League championship win and also paid tribute to retiring State Captain Adam Voges, with an emotional video played featuring reflections from influential people in the 37-year-old’s career and a heartfelt speech delivered by coach and long-time friend Justin Langer.
Cartwright, Graham Take Top Honours
A season of consistency was punctuated by a Test debut for Cartwright, who finished the Sheffield Shield regular season as the competition’s second-highest scorer.
The 25-year-old ended the season with 861 runs at an average of 53.81, including two centuries and five fifties, to finish the First Class campaign as his state’s top scorer.
Cartwright’s genuine all-round abilities were regularly on show for the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors, with his medium pace capturing 11 wickets across the Sheffield Shield and Matador BBQs One Day Cup competitions and his athleticism ensuring he stood out as one of the best fielders in domestic cricket.
His performances were rewarded at a national level in January, when he received a Test call up for the match against Pakistan at the SCG, scoring a composed first-innings 37 in his only opportunity at bat.
The glittering season also had Cartwright named the winner of the Warriors Domestic Four Day Player of the Year award.
Graham was one of the most consistent performers for her team over the 2016-17 season, compiling 447 runs across the 50-over WNCL and Rebel Women’s Big Bash competitions.
The 20-year-old was the Fury’s top run-scorer in the WNCL, with 208 at an average of 34.66, and continued that form with 239 and 10 wickets in the WBBL.
Graham’s maiden half-century for WA against NSW helped capture the attention of the national setup, with the all-rounder not in attendance at the awards night due to being on tour with the Shooting Stars in Sri Lanka.
The sparkling form also had Graham take home the Alcohol.Think Again Western Fury WNCL Player of the Year award.
* The Laurie Sawle Medal is awarded to the most outstanding Warriors player during the season and is voted on by match umpires and the State Match Committee. Votes are taken at the end of all Sheffield Shield and One Day Cup matches.
** The Zoe Goss Medal considers performances by WA-based players across the WNCL and WBBL. Voting is based on the 12 named players for any given match and coaching staff awarding 3-2-1 votes. The Zoe Goss Medal is awarded to the player who receives the most votes across both formats.