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Cricket - 28. February 2012.

Shelley Nitschke wins Belinda Clark Award

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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