Natalie Sciver named Melbourne Stars' WBBL Player of the Season

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Natalie Sciver has been named Melbourne Stars’ WBBL Player of the Season for her performance during WBBL06, the club announced on Thursday (May 13).

England allrounder Sciver was instrumental in Stars’ revival and their run to the final during the sixth season after finishing at the bottom in WBBL05. Even though they lost the title clash to the eventual winners Sydney Thunder, the 28-year-old, who represented Stars in the first year, was a key figure for Stars during the season as she returned to the club for 2020-21 edition and scored 252 runs at an average of 36.00 and a strike rate of 122.92 from the 14 matches. She also took 19 wickets, second most in the competition along with Hannah Darlington, at an average of 15.89 and a economy rate of 6.71.

“I’m really honoured to be named WBBL Player of the Season. So, thank you. I’m really surprised given we had such a great year collectively as a squad but also gutted we didn’t get over the line in the final,” Sciver said in a video while accepting the award.

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Nick Cummins, Stars general manager, congratulated Sciver and praised her for performance throughout the campaign and hoped that she along with Adam Zampa, BBL Player of the Season, would continue their good work in the upcoming season for the club.

“On behalf of everyone at the Stars I would like to congratulate Adam and Nat on their terrific performance last season,” Cummins said.

“Both Adam and Nat joined us coming out of quarantine periods from international cricket and performed really well. Nat was consistently strong performer throughout WBBL and Adam continues be great key threat in our bowling attack in BBL. It was great to see both of them get some good results and we look forward to being able to do that again with capacity crowds later this year.”