Sydney Thunder all-rounder Hannah Darlington has been named the rebel Young Gun for WBBL|05 after an impressive tournament with both bat and ball.
Darlington was a shining light in what was a disappointing season for the Thunder. The youngster claimed 16 wickets with her medium pace bowling, including best figures of 3-29 against the Adelaide Strikers.
The 17-year-old made her WBBL debut under lights in the season opener against the Sydney Sixers on the same day she sat her Year 12 English exam and went on to play every match for the Thunder.
Following each round, the Women’s National Selection Panel (WNSP) submitted a weekly nomination with an overall winner confirmed at the end of the minor rounds. The following criteria was used to select the weekly nominations and overall winner:
- Participants must be under 21 at the start of the season
- Winner will be selected based on on-field performance and on-field and off-field attitude
- The winner will demonstrate skill, tenacity and good sportsmanship
Darlington was nominated alongside teammates Phoebe Litchfield and Tahlia Wilson, Tayla Vlaeminck (Hobart Hurricanes), Courtney Webb (Melbourne Renegades), Annabel Sutherland (Melbourne Stars) and Sydney Sixers’ fast-bowler Stella Campbell.
Speaking on being named the rebel Young Gun, Darlington said:
“To come away with that award is great recognition and it means a lot.
“It’s a bit daunting that my first season in the WBBL has been so successful, but I can’t wait to step up for next season because there’s been some big names - Alex Blackwell and Rene Farrell - retire from Sydney Thunder.”
Female High Performance Manager and member of the WNSP Shawn Flegler said:
“We were really impressed with the way Hannah handled some really difficult situations she found herself in on the field, often bowling to batters who were attacking hard and closing out the innings with good composure.
“She also has a great temperament which we saw when she took a match-winning catch on the boundary at Blacktown. While she didn’t get much of an opportunity with the bat, she showed on several occasions that she’s a good talent.
“Hannah is also a strong leader which is impressive at such a young age, having captained NSW at an underage level as well as the Sydney Thunder's first female Indigenous team.
“Overall as a cricketer and person she’s a terrific package and we feel like she’ll really benefit from being involved in rebel’s Mentoring Program.”
As the overall winner, Darlington will receive $5,000 cash, access to the rebel Mentoring Program and will become a member of the rebel Women Program which is made up of athletes selected from each of the sporting clubs rebel is proud to partner with.