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Rising Star Award Contenders

21 March 2019

Jason Sangha and Maisy Gibson

Who was Thunder's most exciting Rising Star this season?

Here’s a look at the contenders for Sydney Thunder’s Rising Star Award for BBL|08 and WBBL|04.

All nominees are domestic players who are under 23 years of age and/or who made their Big Bash debut this season.

The winners will be decided by Sydney Thunder Members’ votes.

Matthew Gilkes

The young wicketkeeper-batsman showed plenty of promise in his two games in green, including an outstanding half century on debut to help Thunder secure a six-wicket victory over the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium.

Baxter Holt

Holt made the most of his chance after receiving a late call-up to the squad.

On debut against the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium, he completed two dismissals from behind the stumps before smashing 37 runs from just 28 deliveries.

Arjun Nair

20-year-old Nair showed why he’s one of the most exciting players in the competition with a brilliant three-wicket haul against the Adelaide Strikers.

Jason Sangha

Sangha gave the Thunder Nation plenty of reasons to be excited for the future of the club, scoring 178 runs from 10 innings, including a match-winning half century on debut.

Jono Cook

Cook enjoyed a breakout season after joining the squad as a Local Replacement Player for Usman Khawaja.

He slotted nicely into Thunder’s spin attack, finishing the season with eight wickets from nine games, with best figures of 3/27.

Maisy Gibson

Gibson enjoyed her best WBBL campaign in since the inaugural season, finishing with 12 wickets from 11 innings at 18.25.

On three occasions the leg-spinner collected three-wickets, with her best figures of 3/18 coming against the Brisbane Heat at North Sydney Oval.

Rachel Trenaman

Trenaman made her debut for Thunder against the Sydney Sixers after two years on the roster, becoming just the 20th player to pull on the green and black in four seasons.

The 17-year-old leg spinner proved more than ready for her chance, finishing with 2-11 from four overs.

Belinda Vakarewa

Vakarewa finished WBBL|04 with three wickets to her name, however it was her athleticism in the field that was most impressive this season.

The 21-year-old’s speed along the boundary and powerful arm made even the quickest of batters think twice about running.

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