Frances Mackay dominates Canterbury Cricket Awards 2020-21

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Francis Mackay in action for Canterbury Magicians. © Getty Images

Frances Mackay won big at the Canterbury Cricket Awards for 2020-21 season as she was named Player of the Year, Bowler of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year at the annual awards announced by Canterbury Cricket on Friday (April 9). Kate Ebrahim was named the Batter of the Year.

Mackay led Canterbury Magicians to a double triumph during the season winning the Super Smash competition as well as the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield (HBJ Shield). Magicians beat Wellington Blaze in the T20 event while they got the better of Auckland Hearts in the fifty over tournament.

30-year-old Mackay finished as the leading wicket-taker in the Super Smash taking 20 wickets at an average of 9.55 and an economy rate of 4.81 from 11 matches while in the HBJ Shield she took 14 wickets from nine matches with best figures of 5 for 40. She was also the second-highest run-getter in the one-day competition with 455 runs from nine matches at an average of 56.87 with best of 142. Only Ebrahim who scored more runs than her during the season in the format.

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On the back of these performances Mackay made her comeback to the New Zealand side and was named player of the match for her match-winning performance in the second T20I against Australia. She was also voted as the Players’ Player of the Year by her teammates for her performance in the season.

29-year-old Ebrahim won the Batter of the Year award for performance through the season when she scored 480 runs from 11 matches in HBJ Shield to finish at the top while also amassing 292 runs from 11 matches in the Super Smash 2020-21. She also had the fortune of hitting the winning run to take Magicians to the title in both the finals.