Cartwright, Holland take out top awards

Warriors and Bushrangers pay tribute to their best and brightest at end-of-season presentation nights

Western Australia allrounder Hilton Cartwright and Victoria spinner Jon Holland have been honoured with the top gongs at their respective state award nights following outstanding seasons from the pair.

Cartwright, who made his Test debut in January, enjoyed a breakout season with the bat for the Warriors in the Sheffield Shield, picking up the Laurie Sawle Medal at the state player of the year, and was also named the four-day player of the year.

The right-hander was included in Australia's ODI squad for the New Zealand series last December and was promoted by state coach Justin Langer to No.3 in the Shield batting order, with incredible results, finishing the summer with 861 runs – the second-most in the competition.

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"I had a few goals at the start of the year and it definitely didn't involve getting a Test call-up," Cartwright told last week.

"But to look back on that, even if I don't get the call back for another couple of years, I will always be proud of that.

"And even to get into the Australian one-day squad, even though I didn't play a game, was awesome."

Elsewhere at the Warriors awards night, Heather Graham won the Zoe Goss Medal as the women's player of the year, Shaun Marsh won the media-voted Gold Cup for best performer across all formats, Adam Voges was named the one-day player of the year, and Andrew Tye won the Simon Katich Medal as the Perth Scorchers player of the year.

England's Katherine Brunt was named the Scorchers' WBBL|02 player of the year, while Graham was also named the Western Fury Women's National Cricket League player of the year.

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In Victoria, Holland took home the Bill Lawry Medal as the best performer in the Sheffield Shield, collecting 50 wickets as the Bushrangers stormed to an historic three-peat.

“It’s my first full season with Victoria,” Holland said during this week's drawn Shield final. “I’ve done a lot of hard work this season and worked hard on my bowling.

“I’ve been pretty happy (with the season), I’ve taken a few wickets.

“It always helps when you’ve got a first-class bowling attack (with) the pace attack that we have. That’s helped me a lot.”

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Cameron White won the Dean Jones Medal for the best performer in the Matador Cup, and also picked up the John Scholes award, voted for by the Bushrangers players for the player judged to best exhibit Victorian values.

The 33-year-old veteran announced after the Shield final success that the decider was his last game in charge of the Bushrangers.  

Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning won the Sharon Tredrea Award as the best performer in the WNCL, and was also named the Melbourne Stars best player in WBBL|02.

Englishman Luke Wright won the equivalent award for the Stars men, while Aaron Finch and Molly Strano won the Renegades player of the year awards in the BBL and WBBL respectively.