Victorian Bushrangers fast bowler Chris Tremain has been named the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield Player of the Year.
This season’s state award winners have been announced, with the domestic season set for a thrilling finale with the JLT Sheffield Shield Final between Queensland and Tasmania at Allan Border Field starting on Friday.
Tremain was the competition’s leading wicket-taker, claiming 51 wickets from 10 matches at an average of 21.07. This included two five-wicket hauls and best match figures of 10-143 against Western Australia in Round 8.
In a tight leaderboard, the 26-year-old claimed 13 votes to win by the smallest of margins from joint runners-up - Tasmanian Tiger Jackson Bird and Nick Winter (both 12 votes).
Six players finished with 11 votes – including five from Shield finalist Queensland – while Tremain’s teammate Glenn Maxwell rounded out the top 10 with 10 votes.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager – Team Performance, Pat Howard, said:
“Chris has had a terrific year, and is a very worthy winner of the Sheffield Shield Player of the Year award.
“With 51 wickets throughout the competition, Chris enjoyed success with both the Dukes and Kookaburra balls against the best batsmen in different conditions around the country, and claimed 22 wickets in the final three rounds as Victoria competed for a berth in the Final.
“We applaud Chris on his efforts this year, and all award winners on their success during the summer.”
In the Benaud Spirit of Cricket Awards, Queensland and Victoria both claimed a trophy.
Queensland won the Men’s Spirit of Cricket Award, encompassing umpire votes from both the JLT Sheffield Shield and JLT One-Day Cup, while Victoria won the Women’s Spirit of Cricket Award based on votes from the Women’s National Cricket League.
Western Australia’s and the Hobart Hurricanes' D’Arcy Short has been named the Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year.
Short, aged 27, made his T20 international debut this summer for Australia, following a sensational KFC BBL|07 for the Hobart Hurricanes.
He was named Player of the Tournament with a tournament-record 572 runs, and a new tournament high score of 122 – as well as scoring his maiden JLT One-Day Cup century for Western Australia earlier in the summer.
Umpire Paul Wilson, currently officiating at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe, has won the CA Umpire Award.
Wilson, a former Australian cricketer, has had a breakout year at international level, also standing at the ICC Women’s World Cup, the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup and the recent T20 Tri-Series between Australia, England and New Zealand.
2017-18 State Cricket Award Winners
Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Chris Tremain
Men’s Spirit of Cricket Award: Queensland
Women’s Spirit of Cricket Award: Victoria
CA Umpire Award: Paul Wilson
Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year: D’Arcy Short
Sheffield Shield Player of the Year Voting – Top 10
Chris Tremain (VIC) – 13 votes
Jackson Bird (TAS) – 12
Nick Winter (SA) – 12
Usman Khawaja (QLD) – 11
Hilton Cartwright (WA) – 11
Michael Neser (QLD) – 11
Luke Feldman (QLD) – 11
Charlie Hemphrey (QLD) – 11
Matthew Renshaw (QLD) – 11
Glenn Maxwell (VIC) – 10
*The Sheffield Shield Player of the Year Voting System sees each standing umpire award a 3-2-1 vote to the players they adjudicated as best on ground in each match.
Congratulations to Jackson Bird (Tasmanian Tigers) and D'Arcy Short (Hobart Hurricanes) from Cricket Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes on their outstanding seasons!