Bulls allrounder Michael Neser has taken out the top gong at the Queensland’s end-of-season awards night, receiving the prestigious Ian Healy Trophy on Friday.
Neser was named the myFootDr Queensland Bulls player of the year for the first time in his career after a solid summer in both the Sheffield Shield and the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup.
Queensland's awards mark the end of the domestic awards season, with all states now having awarded their top awards to the 2016-17 shining lights.
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The 27-year-old picked up 18 wickets in seven Shield games this summer and came into his own during the second half of the season with the introduction of the Dukes balls, which aided his ability to swing the ball both ways.
A more-than-handy lower-order batsman, Neser also scored 302 Shield runs at 30.20, while he was the joint-leading wicket-taker for Queensland in the Matador Cup, collecting 10 wickets at 27.40.
In the final of the one-day competition in October, the South Africa-born paceman gave eventual-winners NSW a fright when he removed their top-three within the first six overs.
Former Southern Stars allrounder Delissa Kimmince received the Queensland female player of the year award after captaining the Fire to the Women’s National Cricket League final.
The 27-year-old was the second leading run-scorer behind Beth Mooney and the second leading wicket-taker in another consistent season.
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Retiring Wicketkeeper Chris Hartley, a three-time Ian Healy Trophy winner, was honoured at the ceremony, finishing up with the all-time Sheffield Shield dismissals record holder with 547 catches and 17 stumpings following a 13-year first-class career with the Bulls.
Hartley was voted the Bulls Players Player after registering 535 runs at 76.42 and 25 dismissals for the season.
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Ex-New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum and Australia batter Beth Mooney took out the respective MVP awards for the Brisbane Heat’s KFC Big Bash League and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League sides.
Young allrounder Jack Wildermuth was named Queensland’s Sheffield Shield player of the year while Neser picked up the Bulls’ Matador Cup player-of-the-tournament award.
Cameron Trask was announced as the Lord’s Taverners Indigenous Cricketer of the Year, claiming the national award after an eye-catching summer at Premier cricket and Futures League level.