Sheffield Shield 2015-16

State award winners announced

A host of Australia's best players were toasted across the country for their 2015-16 achievements

Cricket Network

2 April 2016, 07:49 AM AEST

Australia's state teams last night celebrated the end of the domestic season with their respective awards nights across the country.

After another engrossing season across the three formats, a host of players, records and performances were celebrated.

Here's the pick of the bunch from each state.


Australian paceman Mitchell Starc has narrowly missed out on being named Cricket NSW player of the year despite sitting out most of the summer, pipped by batsman Nic Maddinson.

Maddinson took out the Steve Waugh Medal at a gala ceremony at the Hilton Sydney on Friday night, beating Starc home by half a point, on a night where legends Michael Bevan, Belinda Haggett and Alan Kippax were inducted into Cricket NSW Hall of Fame.

WATCH: Maddinson fires in Matador final

Starc's only appearances for the Blues over the summer came in their successful one-day cup campaign and one Sheffield Shield game but he still did enough to push the consistent Maddinson all the way.

The 26-year-old left-armer predictably took home the one-day player of the year award after dominating the tournament with 26 wickets in six games.

He also picked up points for his lone Shield appearance, in which he collected eight wickets against South Australia, but it wasn't enough to overhaul Maddinson.

Maddinson, who scored 488 runs at 30.50 in the 2015-16 Sheffield Shield and 380 runs at 63.33 including two centuries in the one-day cup, was rewarded for his consistency.

WATCH: All 26 wickets from Starc's Matador Cup

However, he was narrowly upstaged by Trent Copeland for the NSW Shield player of the year award by just half a point.

Australian captain Steve Smith finished third in the Steve Waugh Medal count with 23 points, three behind Maddinson.

All-rounder Ellyse Perry was the clear winner of the Belinda Clark Medal for women's player of the year.

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja and recently retired Shane Watson shared the award as the Sydney Thunder's best player of the Big Bash League, while Englishman Michael Lumb was the Sydney Sixers' best.

Steve Waugh Medal (men's Player of the Year): Nic Maddinson

Belinda Clark Medal (women's Player of the Year): Ellyse Perry

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Trent Copeland

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Mitchell Starc

Sydney Sixers men's Player of the Year: Michael Lumb

Sydney Sixers women's Player of the Year: Marizanne Kapp

Sydney Thunder men's Player of the Year: Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja

Sydney Thunder women's Player of the Year: Stafanie Taylor


Record-breaking wicketkeeper Chris Hartley has been named Queensland Cricketer of the Year for a third time.

Hartley was rewarded the Ian Healy Trophy on Friday night after a summer in which he became the first to register 500 Sheffield Shield catches.

In overall Shield dismissals, Hartley (520) has surpassed all-time Queensland leader Wade Seccombe (489) and is now in sight of national record holder Darren Berry of Victoria (546).

This summer Hartley scored 529 runs at 44.08 and claimed 35 catches.

WATCH: Hartley breaks record at the Gabba

Queensland on Friday night also farewelled the only other player to claim three Ian Healy Trophies, former skipper James Hopes.

The former Australian one-day international allrounder, who retired this summer after 105 first class games for Queensland, was named Players Player by Bulls teammates.

He is the 15th player to notch 100 first class games for Queensland.

Matthew Renshaw (738 runs at 43.41) was Queensland's Sheffield Shield Player of the Year and big-hitting Brisbane Heat captain Chris Lynn the Big Bash League winner.

WATCH: Chris Lynn, King of the Six

Southern Stars wicketkeeper-batter Beth Mooney won Queensland Fire one-day Player of the Year and the inaugural WBBL Brisbane Heat MVP awards.

Mooney, 22, will try to help Australia claim a fourth straight Twenty20 World Cup win in this weekend's final against West Indies.

Ian Healy Medal (men's Player of the Year): Chris Hartley

Queensland Fire Player of the Year (women's Player of the Year): Beth Mooney

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Matthew Renshaw

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Nathan Reardon

Brisbane Heat men's Player of the Year: Chris Lynn

Brisbane Heat women's Player of the Year: Beth Mooney

Notable retirement: James Hopes


Fast-bowler Joe Mennie has won his first Neil Dansie medal after a record-breaking season for South Australia.

In his fifth season at the Redbacks, Mennie finished with a competition high 51 wickets in a record-breaking Sheffield Shield season that ended with the Redbacks reaching the final for the first time in two decades.

WATCH: Mennie stars with a bag of four

The right-armer became just the third SA bowler after Shaun Tait (65 wickets in 2004-05) and Joel Garner (55 wickets in 82-83) to register 50 dismissals in a season and is the first player from any state to take 40 or more wickets without a five-wicket haul.

Fellow quick Kane Richardson was named SA's Matador Cup player of the year while English import Sarah Taylor swept the women's awards.

Another English import, allrounder Adil Rashid, was named the men's Adelaide Strikers player of the season.

Neil Dansie Medal (men's Player of the Year): Joe Mennie

Andrea McCauley Trophy (women's Player of the Year): Sarah Taylor

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Joe Mennie

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Kane Richardson

Adelaide Strikers men's Player of the Year: Adil Rashid

Adelaide Strikers women's Player of the Year: Sarah Taylor


Tasmanian opening batsman Ben Dunk has won the Ricky Ponting Medal as the state's best player over the 2015-16 season.

The 29-year-old Queensland-born left-hander, who has played for Australia in the Twenty20 format, was presented with the award in Hobart on Friday.

WATCH: Christian lands one on the roof

Ponting couldn't be at the gala event as he's in India for the World T20.

In February, Dunk - also a wicketkeeper - made his highest Sheffield Shield score of 190 against eventual champions Victoria.

Allrounder James Faulkner, a former winner of the Ponting Medal, was earlier on Friday named in Cricket Australia's contracted player list for 2016-17.

Ricky Ponting Medal (men's Player of the Year): Ben Dunk

WNCL Player of the Year: Veronica Pyke

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Jackson Bird

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Ben Dunk

Hobart Hurricanes men's Player of the Year: Dan Christian

Hobart Hurricanes women's Player of the Year: Heather Knight

Notable retirements: Luke Butterworth, Ben Hilfenhaus


Scott Boland has claimed his first Bill Lawry Medal for the Bushrangers Sheffield Shield player of the season at the Cricket Victoria state and media awards.

The 26-year-old, who experienced a breakthrough season in which he took 33 Sheffield Shield wickets and made his Australian debut, also received the player-voted John Scholes Award at the event in Melbourne on Friday night.

WATCH: Boland destroys WA in Perth

Jon Holland, Molly Strano, Dwayne Bravo, Kevin Pietersen and Meg Lanning were also big winners of the night.

Holland received the Dean Jones Medal after collecting 14 wickets in seven matches in the One-Day Cup.

WATCH: Lanning stars with historic knock

Lanning won her fourth Sharon Tredrea Award for VicSpirits finest player and was named the Melbourne Stars WBBL Player of the Season, while Strano received the Renegades award.

Pietersen and Bravo were praised for their outstanding performance in the BBL as they received the player-of-the-season awards for their respective sides.

Clint McKay and Kelly Applebee were also honoured for their contribution to Victorian cricket as they announced their retirements from the state.

John Scholes Award (Men's Players Player): Scott Boland

Sharon Tredrea Award (women's Player of the Year): Meg Lanning

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Scott Boland

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Jon Holland

Melbourne Renegades men's Player of the Year: Dwayne Bravo

Melbourne Renegades women's Player of the Year: Molly Strano

Melbourne Stars men's Player of the Year: Kevin Pietersen

Melbourne Stars women's Player of the Year: Meg Lanning

Notable retirement: Clint McKay


Cameron Bancroft has capped off an outstanding summer being named WA cricket's player of the season.

The 23-year-old, Western Australia's leading run scorer in the Sheffield Shield and among the top five for the one-day cup, was awarded the Laurie Sawle medal on Friday night.

Western Fury captain Nicole Bolton received the Zoe Goss Medal after dominating 50-over WNCL campaign and Rebel WBBL season.

WATCH: Bancroft bats through the day

Other winners of the night included David Willey and Katherine Brunt, who were named the Simon Katich Medallist for Scorchers BBL player of the year, and WBBL Scorchers Player of the Year respectively.

Laurie Sawle Medal (men's Player of the Year): Cameron Bancroft

Zoe Goss Medal (women's Player of the Year): Nicole Bolton

Sheffield Shield Player of the Year: Michael Hogan

Matador Cup Player of the Year: Shaun Marsh

Perth Scorchers men's Player of the Year: David Willey

Perth Scorchers women's Player of the Year: Katherine Brunt