Cricket Tasmania would like to formally announce the award winners for the Ricky Ponting Medal, Female Tigers Player of the Year, Chairman’s Award and the Scott Mason Memorial Captain’s Award.
Ricky Ponting Medal:
Winner: Jackson Bird
Finalists: Ben McDermott, Nathan Ellis, Riley Meredith
Jackson Bird has had an outstanding season for Tasmania in both the Marsh Sheffield Shield and Marsh One Day Cup. He has consistently demonstrated his reliability as one of the top players in the squad, adding crucial pressure as a pace bowler across both formats.
Chairman of Cricket Tasmania, Andrew Gaggin, has this to say about Bird and 2019/10 season:
“Since debuting with Tasmania in 2011 Jackson Bird has been our ‘Mr Reliable’ and has hardly bowled a bad spell in his first-class career.
He stands alongside Ben Hilfenhaus as one of Tasmania’s greatest ever fast bowlers.
His Ricky Ponting Medal win is reward for his many seasons as a classy leader of the Tasmanian bowling attack.”
Female Tigers Player of the Year
Winner: Maisy Gibson
Finalists: Belinda Vakarewa, Corinne Hall, Meg Phillips
Maisy Gibson consistently stood out in her debut season for the Tasmanian Tigers. She was a major contributor with the ball, collecting a very impressive 10 wickets at an average of 26 from her eight matches. Her skills with the bat were also demonstrated when she produced 57* against Victoria and a crucial 29* in the Tigers win against South Australia.
Head Coach of the Tigers Salliann Briggs had this to say about Gibson:
“I’m very pleased for Maisy in winning this award, she has quickly become one of our key contributors in both formats of the game.
She has worked incredibly hard on all areas of her game, particularly physically and on her batting.
Her partnerships in the middle order have given this team the confidence to compete against some of the top teams.
As a leg spin bowler, her planning is just as good as her execution and she is a captain’s dream when you can bowl her at any stage of the game.
Her fight and desire to improve is very impress and I am very pleased to announce that she is our inaugural Tiger’s medal winner.”
Winner: Beau Webster
Beau Webster was one of the state’s top performers across both formats of Cricket in Tasmania for the 2019-20 season. He showcased his skills as a dangerous batsman at the crease producing impressive totals consistently.
Chairman of Cricket Tasmania Andrew Gaggin spoke of his decision to award this honour to Webster:
“On 25 February 2020 Beau Webster came to the crease in a must win game with Tasmania struggling at 5/139 chasing Western Australia’s 371.
When he was last out Beau had smashed one of the greatest innings seen at Blundstone Arena with a breathtaking 187 off 187 balls, scoring 101 of the last 109 runs and enabling Tasmania to take a first innings lead.
In a tense second innings run chase on the last afternoon Beau’s dashing 29 not out off 18 balls secured a memorable outright win with an over to spare.”
Scott Mason Memorial Captain’s Award:
Winner: Nathan Ellis
Nathan Ellis was selected for this award based on the journey that he has had as a player over the last 12 months. Having been invited to come and train with the Tigers for the 2019-20 season for his performances in grade cricket the year before, he went from a player who was struggling to put petrol in his car to becoming an important member in the Tigers and Hurricanes programs.
The hard work he put in for the Tigers in the Marsh One Day Cup and where he then finished off the year as a key player in the Marsh Sheffield Shield tournament was very impressive. He ended up being a vital player in the KFC BBL|09 campaign for the Hurricanes as well.
Tasmanian Captain Matthew Wade had this to say about his selection of Nathan for the Captain’s Award:
“I believe that Nathan shows a lot of young cricketers and cricketers in general that if you put in all of the hard work and believe in your ability that you can go all the way and be given the opportunity to play at not only a first-class level but also at a BBL level.
To do what he did throughout the season and perform in such away on those big stages was a fantastic start to his first-class career. What he did at the back end of the season in Shield in taking bulk wickets reflected accurately of the type of player he is.
To come from nothing to becoming one of the most valued players is a major credit to Nathan and all the hard work that he put in throughout the past season.”