Shelley Nitschke wins Belinda Clark Award

28/02/12 Category: Events, News Posted by:

Retired all-rounder Shelley Nitschke has claimed her fourth straight Belinda Clark Award (formerly the Women’s International Player of the Year Award) at the Allan Border Medal in Melbourne this evening.

The South Australian, who polled 33 votes, edged out fellow all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar, who finished with 31 votes and Alex Blackwell (26).

The left-hand bat and left-arm orthodox spinner played a total of 13 matches in the voting period, amassing 285 runs at an average of 23.75, while also taking 21 wickets at 17.62 apiece.

It is also the fourth year in a row Sthalekar has come second, following her consistent efforts throughout the last 12 months, which included 20 matches in the voting period, 285 runs at an average of 21.92 and 30 wickets at 18.23 apiece.

Nitschke announced her retirement from international cricket in July last year following the Quadrangular Series final in England. At the time of announcing her retirement from international cricket she was the world’s No. 1 all-rounder and bowler.

She decided to play one final season of state cricket with South Australia as a mentor to their younger players before retiring from all forms of cricket in December at the age of 35.

Nitschke collected a host of accolades during her international career, including the 2005 World Cup, the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup and she was named the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2010.

The voting period for the award includes all Test, One-Day International and T20 International matches played between 18 February 2011 and 3 February 2012.

The Women’s International Player of the Year trophy was renamed the Belinda Clark Award this year in honour of one of the games’ greats. Clark played 15 Tests, scoring 919 runs at an average of 45.95, and 118 ODIs, amassing 4844 runs at 47.49.

Women’s International Player of the Year – Top 3
Shelley Nitschke – 33 votes
Lisa Sthalekar – 31
Alex Blackwell – 26

Previous Winners
2002- Karen Rolton
2003- Karen Rolton
2004- Cathryn Fitzpatrick
2005- Karen Rolton
2006- Karen Rolton
2007- Lisa Sthalekar
2008- Lisa Sthalekar
2009- Shelley Nitschke
2010- Shelley Nitschke
2011 – Shelley Nitschke

Shelley Nitschke
Born: 3 December, 1976
State: South Australia
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Left-arm off-spin
Test debut: England Women v Australia Women at Hove, Aug 9-12, 2005
ODI debut: India Women v Australia Women at Mysore, Dec 11, 2004
T20I debut: England Women v Australia Women at Taunton, Sep 2, 2005

Statistics in the Voting Period

  M Inn NO Runs Ave HS Ov Mdn W Runs Ave BB Ct
Nitschke, S 13 13 1 285 23.75 78 86.4 5 21 370 17.62 3-35 3

Career Statistics
Batting and fielding averages

Mat

Inns

NO

Runs

HS

Ave

BF

SR

100

50

4s

6s

Ct

St

Tests

6

11

2

295

88*

32.77

810

36.41

0

2

42

2

0

0

ODIs

80

69

9

2047

113*

34.11

2895

70.70

1

14

242

20

31

0

T20Is

36

35

2

776

56

23.51

734

105.72

0

3

92

3

6

0

Bowling averages

Mat

Inns

Balls

Runs

Wkts

BBI

BBM

Ave

Econ

SR

4w

5w

10

Tests

6

11

1180

335

12

3/59

3/38

27.91

1.70

98.3

0

0

0

ODIs

80

78

3632

2170

98

7/24

7/24

22.14

3.58

37.0

2

1

0

T20Is

36

35

768

705

43

4/21

4/21

16.39

5.50

17.8

1

0

0

(Stats supplied by Bronwyn Calver and Cricinfo)

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