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Wareham wins Betty Wilson Young Cricketer Award

12 February 2019

The accolades just keep coming for Melbourne Renegades’ leg-spinner, Georgia Wareham, with the 19-year-old picking up the prestigious Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year Award at Monday’s Australian Cricket Awards.

This comes less than a month after Wareham collected the Young Gun of the Year Award for her outstanding performance for the Renegades in WBBL|04.

Wareham follows her Renegades and Australian teammate – and also her housemate – Sophie Molineux in having her name inked on both awards, with Molineux being named the inaugural recipient of the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year Award for 2016, and then the Young Gun of the Year Award for WBBL|03.

With such a high calibre of youngsters coming up through the ranks at the Renegades, the strategy of investing in quality young players from the inception of the WBBL in 2015 is clearly paying dividends.

“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.”

2018 was a breakout year for Wareham, where she made both her ODI and T20 debut in the green and gold.

The Mortlake teenager cemented her arrival in Australian colours on the ultimate stage; the ICC T20 World Cup Final in the Caribbean last November.  Wareham took a vital 2-11 off just three overs, as well as producing a spectacular piece of fielding to dismiss the in-form Amy Jones via a direct-hit run-out in the fifth over.

After debuting for the Renegades in WBBL|01 aged just 16, Wareham has now played 41 games for the Renegades – the third-highest number of games in Renegades’ WBBL history.

WBBL|03 was Wareham’s breakout season in red, where she took a total of 10 wickets with an economy rate of 6.34 and an average of 14.60, as well as recording her best bowling figures in the WBBL to date; 3-19.

Whilst her performance for the Renegades in WBBL|04 didn’t fall within the voting period for this year’s Australian Cricket Awards, it was another exceptional season Wareham, taking a total of 11 wickets at an even lower economy rate of 5.90.

 

To be eligible for the Betty Wilson Young Cricketer of the Year Award, players must be aged under 24 and have played 25 or fewer WNCL, WBBL or international matches at the start of the voting period, which for this year’s award ran between December 9, 2017 and November 12, 2018.

Wareham collected a majority 74 per cent of the vote, to finish ahead of young Victorian and Stars’ quick, Annabel Sutherland, and NSW/Thunder spinner, Maisy Gibson, who both polled 6 per cent.