Sydney Thunder’s Hannah Darlington has received the ultimate accolade being voted by her peers as the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year.
The Young Cricketer of the Year honour follows her WBBL|05 Rebel Young Gun accolade.
The 19-year-old all-rounder continued to make her presence felt in elite company during Thunder’s WBBL|06 title-winning campaign.
Darlington claimed 19 wickets at an average of just 13.68 and an economy rate of 6.19 to finish second on the overall league wickets table.
The talented teen cemented herself as one of the league's best death bowlers, with her changes of pace and match-winning yorkers forming a crucial part of Thunder's title-winning bowling attack.
As a result of her standout performances in the WBBL, Darlington made her NSW debut in February last year and in just her third match for the Breakers played in the WNCL Final against WA.
Darlington said it was an honour and an achievement to be presented the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer Award.
“I look at some of the players who won this award previously and some of the nominees this year, and it’s a nice feeling to know players are recognising the performances that are put out on the field,” she said.
“It’s a really nice feeling to know, not only your teammates who see the work you do day in day out is getting recognised, but also from afar by your peers who are able to see the work you put on the field and the character you bring to the game, so a peer voted award is ranked highly.”
Darlington said she believes the domestic competitions in Australia are the best in the world and that the calibre of players playing and coming through is amazing.
“The young players as you can see in some of these nominees are outstanding and to think that is the future of Australian cricket is pretty important. These domestic competitions feed the Australian team and if our domestic competitions are strong, then our Australian team is dominating around the world. The support we are getting for our domestic schedule is only improving, so it’s amazing.
“It’s an amazing commitment by the players, Cricket Australia and the ACA to be giving us the opportunity to be able to play the games we want to play because we are willing and able to be out there playing as many games as we can.”
2017: Sophie Molineux (Victoria/Melbourne Renegades)
2018: Georgia Redmayne (Tasmania/Hobart Hurricanes)
2019: Georgia Wareham (Victoria/Melbourne Renegades)
2020: Tayla Vlaemick (Victoria/Melbourne Renegades)