Katie Gurrey named Northern Districts cricketer of the year

Hearts win, top table; Gurrey ton sinks Hinds in sixth HJ Shield round

Katie Gurrey in action. © Getty Images

Katie Gurrey was recognised for her consistent showing in the 2019-20 domestic season with the Nicola Browne award as Northern Districts' Female Cricketer of the Year. Gurrey scored close to 1000 runs across formats through the season, including three centuries and seven half centuries. Although her performances were not enough to find a place in the national side, the right-hander enjoyed her best season yet, notching career best scores in both one-day and T20 formats.

In the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield, Gurrey amassed 576 runs - including a best of 123 - at an average of 72, playing a crucial role in her team's run to the final where they lost to Auckland Hearts. She also had a terrific Super Smash scoring a century (106) - the first for Northern Districts. She finished the season with a total of 416 runs in the tournament - also a record for Northern Districts.

Meanwhile, Lucy Boucher was named Young Female Cricketer of the Year after a breakthrough season in the Women's Under-19 National Tournament. Boucher scored a total of 221 runs at an average of 44.02 with the highest score of 108 - the first-ever century recorded in the tournament. She also enjoyed success in the Under-19 T20 tournament where she topped the run charts with 228 runs at an average of 57. Boucher's prolific run in age-group tournaments saw her make her senior debut for Northern Spirit in both the one-day and T20 formats.

Meanwhile, Northern Spirit skipper Felicity Leydon-Davis was named Northern Premier League Player of the Year. Her all-round brilliance saw Velocity secure the T20 title. She picked up 11 wickets and scored 209 runs without being dismissed.