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Sydney Thunder Player Of The Tournament For WBBL02

30 March 2017

Sam Bates

Shortlist includes off-spinner Sam Bates and captain Alex Blackwell

Sydney Thunder will announce their Player of WBBL02 at this Saturday’s Steve Waugh and Belinda Clark Medal Awards.

The following players are shortlisted for the award, won last year by West Indies batter Stafanie Taylor.

Sam Bates

After missing most of WBBL01 with a fractured wrist, Bates returned in fine form during WBBL02, taking nine wickets at an average o 28.44, having the best economy rate of the Club with just 5.44 per over.

Her best figures were 2/14 taken at Howell Oval in Penrith against the Adelaide Strikers when she had Bridge Patterson stumped and Sophie Devine caught.

Alex Blackwell

Sydney Thunder skipper Alex Blackwell once again lead from the front, scoring 386-runs, 90 more than any other player.

Her top score of 61 not out came from 38 balls against the Melbourne Renegades, winning by 8-wickets in Blacktown. She would also play the back end of the season as a wicket-keeper, taking 4 dismissals.

Rene Farrell

The Southern Stars seamer took 11-wickets during WBBL02 at an average of 26.90, her best a 3/26 helped Thunder in their thrilling Sydney Smash encounter at the SCG, which resulted in a super over that Farrell would also bowl.

As Thunder’s first ever signing, ahead of WBBL01, Farrell is the club’s leading wicket taker with 37-wickets.

Harmanpreet Kaur

The first Indian to play in the Big Bash, Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur was one of the marquee signings ahead of WBBL02 and she didn’t disappoint. Despite a six wicket defeat in the opening game of the tournament against the Melbourne Stars, Kaur smashed 47 from 28 balls including three sixes.

Her most impressive batting display came in the penultimate game of the season against Perth Scorchers when she made 64 in an innings which included six maximums. With the ball she was a valuable weapon for Alex Blackwell, with best figures of 4/27 against the Adelaide Strikers.

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