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Ferguson And Priest Claim Top Honours

06 April 2019

Callum Ferguson and Rachel Priest // Getty Images

Thunder duo celebrated at Cricket NSW Awards

Sydney Thunder batters Callum Ferguson and Rachel Priest have both been recognised at the Cricket NSW Awards on Friday night.

The pair were voted by their teammates as the best players of the season, with Ferguson awarded the Mike Hussey Medal and Priest awarded the Alex Blackwell Medal.

Ferguson enjoyed a career-best KFC Big Bash League campaign in his second season at Thunder.

After crossing from the Melbourne Renegades, Ferguson’s BBL|07 campaign was hampered by thigh and hamstring injuries however he played all 14 matches in BBL|08.

The 34-year-old scored 442 runs at an average of 34 to finish as the fourth highest run scorer in the competition, as well as Thunder’s top scorer.

Playing with a relatively inexperienced batting line up at times, the classy No. 3 stood up to become the backbone of Thunder’s order.

Undoubtedly his best innings was his record-breaking century at Optus Stadium to help Thunder secure an important win over the Perth Scorchers.

“It’s a huge honour. Mike (Hussey) is legend of Australian cricket and Sydney Thunder cricket, and I’m really honoured to win this award,” Ferguson said.

“I’d like to thank Shane Watson and Shane Bond with trusting me at batting at number three this year. I really enjoyed batting in and amongst a hugely talented top order and look forward to batting with them in years to come.

“We’ve got fantastic supporters around Western Sydney and the rest of Sydney as well and down in Canberra and I can’t wait to get back into it next year and push for a title.”

Priest’s powerful hitting at the top of the order and presence behind the stumps was crucial to the success of Thunder in the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League.

She scored 338 runs at a strike rate of 134.13, with a high score of 58 not out against the Adelaide Strikers.

The former New Zealand wicketkeeper was also outstanding with the gloves, completing 10 dismissals.

“When I got the message about this award, to be honest my first thought was they’ve added the votes up wrong and it must’ve been really, really close because there were some absolutely fantastic performances all throughout the season,” said Priest, who is currently in Wales preparing for the County season.

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted for me, it was an absolute privilege and honour to play alongside you girls again this season. Hopefully next season we’ll be able to get together again and go one better.”

Runners Up

Mike Hussey Medal (Sydney Thunder BBL Player of the Tournament)

  1.  Callum Ferguson
  2.  Daniel Sams
  3.  Jos Buttler
  4.  Shane Watson

Alex Blackwell Medal (Sydney Thunder WBBL Player of the Tournament)

  1.  Rachel Priest 
  2.  Rachael Haynes
  3.  Harmanpreet Kaur
  4.  Stafanie Taylor

Previous Winners

Mike Hussey Medal (Sydney Thunder BBL Player of the Tournament)

BBL|07 - Shane Watson

BBL|06 - Pat Cummins

BBL|05 - Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja

BBL|04 - Jacques Kallis

BBL|03 - Gurinder Sandhu

BBL|02 - Dirk Nannes

BBL|01 - Chris Gayle

Alex Blackwell Medal (Sydney Thunder WBBL Player of the Tournament)

WBBL|03 - Rachael Haynes

WBBL|02 - Harmanpreet Kaur

WBBL|01 - Stafanie Taylor