Conway, Kerr big winners at Cricket Wellington Norwood Awards

Wellington Firebirds batsman Devon Conway was presented with the Norwood Award for Firebirds Cricketer of the Year at the Cricket Wellington awards function at the Basin Reserve last night.

Conway, who also won Domestic Player of the Year at the ANZ New Zealand Cricket Awards earlier in the week, was the leading run scorer in the Burger King Super Smash and Plunket Shield competitions and fifth leading run scorer in the Ford Trophy.

The awards cap off a memorable summer for the 27-year-old who has notched up 1,433 runs for the Firebirds, including a memorable double-century against Otago.

Amelia Kerr’s star continued to rise as she picked up the Norwood Award for Blaze Cricketer of the Year, as well as Blaze Allrounder of the Year.

The 18-year-old was also awarded with the ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year award, the Phyl Blackler Cup for Women’s Domestic Bowler of the Year and the Gillette Venus Cup Player of the Year at the New Zealand Cricket Awards.

Kerr was the leading wicket taker in the women’s Burger King Super Smash competition helping the Wellington Blaze to the title. She took 31 wickets and scored 338 runs across the one-day and T20 competitions this summer.

It was also a memorable night for Andrew Fletcher who claimed the Ford Trophy Player’s Player of the Year Award and the Firebirds Most Promising Player of the Year Award.

Fletcher was a standout performer in the Firebirds’ Ford Trophy winning season topping the competition run scoring ladder with 618 runs, including three centuries. He also broke the Wellington record for most runs scored in a domestic one-day season.

Hamish Bennett was another winner on the night, claiming the Firebirds Bowler of the Year Award, the Plunket Shield Player’s Player of the Year Award and the Firebirds Overall Player’s Player of the Year Award.

Bennett led the Ford Trophy wicket-taking chart and was second in the Plunket Shield chart, taking 69 wickets across the summer and earning a call-up to the New Zealand A squad to face India.

Wellington Blaze captain Liz Perry took out the Blaze Batter of the Year Award and Deanna Doughty won the Blaze Bowler of the Year Award.

Doughty topped the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield wicket-taking charts and was second in the Burger King Super Smash, ending up with 34 wickets for the summer.

Perry was consistent as ever for the Blaze throughout the summer, totalling 505 runs across both women’s competitions, captaining her Wellington Blaze to back-to-back domestic T20 titles.

There were also a number of emotional farewells for Blaze and Firebirds players and coaches alike.

Blaze captain Liz Perry gave Lucy Doolan an emotional send-off after she announced her retirement last week and Jeetan Patel spoke for his mate Luke Woodcock who has also called it a day after an incredible 17 seasons with Wellington.

Firebirds short-form captain Hamish Bennett gave recently retired Firebirds coach Bruce Edgar an emotional, yet hilarious send-off – all three speeches real highlights of a memorable evening.

Other Cricket Wellington winners at the New Zealand Cricket awards included Ewen Chatfield who was presented with the Bert Sutcliffe Medal for outstanding services to cricket, Sophie Devine who won the ANZ International Women’s T20 Player of the Year, Tim Campbell who won Gillette Cup Player of the Year and Cheryl Styles who won Official of the Year in the Community Awards section.

Wellington stalwarts Luke Woodcock, Michael Papps and Lucv Doolan were also recognised at the national awards night, as well as Liz Perry who retired from international cricket this year.

 

2018/2019 Cricket Wellington Norwood Award winners:

Norwood Award – Firebirds Cricketer of the Year: Devon Conway

Norwood Award – Blaze Cricketer of the Year: Amelia Kerr

WHG Firebirds Batsman of the Year: Devon Conway

Admark Blaze Batter of the Year: Liz Perry

WHG Firebirds Bowler of the Year: Hamish Bennett

Admark Blaze Bowler of the Year: Deanna Doughty

WHG Firebirds Allrounder of the Year: Jimmy Neesham

Admark Blaze Allrounder of the Year: Amelia Kerr

WHG Firebirds Fielder of the Year: Lauchie Johns

Admark Blaze Fielder of the Year: Thamsyn Newton

WHG Firebirds Most Promising Player of the Year: Andrew Fletcher

Admark Blaze Most Promising Player of the Year: Rebecca Burns

WFS Provincial A Most Valuable Player: Troy Johnson

WFS Robert Vance U19 Most Valuable Player: Gareth Severin

Eddie Cameron U20 Young Cricketer of the Year: Rachin Ravindra

Sir Walter Nash U23 Young Cricketer of the Year: Rachin Ravindra

Admark U21 Women’s Most Valuable Player: Bhagya Herath

Firebirds Burger King Super Smash Player’s Player of the Year: Michael Bracewell

Ford Trophy Player’s Player of the Year: Andrew Fletcher

Plunket Shield Player’s Player of the Year: Hamish Bennett

Firebirds Overall Player’s Player of the Year: Hamish Bennett

 

2018/2019 ANZ NZC Award Winners from Cricket Wellington:

 ANZ International Women’s T20 Player of the Year: Sophie Devine

ANZ International Women’s ODI Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr

Domestic Player of the Year: Devon Conway

Phyl Blackler Cup for Women’s Domestic Bowler of the Year: Amelia Kerr

Gillette Venus Cup Player of the Year: Amelia Kerr

Gillette Cup Player of the Year: Tim Campbell

Bert Sutcliffe Medal: Ewen Chatfield

Official of the Year: Cheryl Styles

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