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REBEL WBBL|04

Wareham named Young Gun of the Year

26 January 2019

Georgia Wareham has capped off an exceptional season for the Melbourne Renegades, being named the WBBL|04 rebel Young Gun of the Year.

It’s the second straight year a Renegade has taken out the award after Sophie Molineux’s success last season.

The 19-year-old Wareham played all 15 of the Renegades’ matches this season, finishing with 11 wickets at 27.36 and an economy rate of 5.90.

Her best bowling figures of 2-19 came in the New Years’ Day thumping of crosstown rivals, the Melbourne Stars.

“It’s an honour to receive this award considering how much young talent there is in the WBBL this year,” Wareham said. 

“It was great to be given some awesome opportunities to bowl at different stages of important games.

“From a team perspective it [this season] was really rewarding for us to make it into the Semi Finals, despite the game not going our way in the end.”

Renegades’ WBBL Head Coach, Tim Coyle, said Wareham’s ability to restrict the opposition’s run scoring opportunities was what separated her from other spinners.

“For a young leg spinner like Georgia Wareham to finish the season with an economy rate of 5.90 – and it was lower than that mid-season – was [also] outstanding.”

 

Wareham made her debut for the Renegades in WBBL|01 at just 16 years of age and has played 41 games since – the third highest number of games in Renegades WBBL history.

The accolade is further proof the Renegades strategy of blooding youth since the start of the WBBL is starting to pay off.

Wareham, 21-year-old Molineux and 20-year-old Tayla Vlaeminck were all part of Australia’s World T20 winning squad.

“I think it’s clear the Renegades have invested in youth [for] the first few [WBBL] seasons, and it’s a credit to coaches and senior players to be able to back us and help us all develop,” Wareham said.

“Hopefully there will be some big rewards around the corner for the group.”

To be eligible for the rebel Young Gun of the Year Award, cricketers must be under 21 at the start of the season. The winner was chosen based on on-field performance and on- and off-field attitude, with demonstration of skill, tenacity and good sportsmanship.

The rebel Young Gun Winner receives a $5,000 cash prize, as well as access to the rebel mentoring program, developed in partnership with Bianca Chatfield (Former Australian Diamonds Netballer & Melbourne Vixens Captain and Leadership Coach).