Teenage batting sensation, Phoebe Litchfield was named New South Wales’ female country player of the 2019-20 season. The left-hander, who enjoyed a remarkable start to her Women’s Big Bash League and Women’s National Cricket League careers for Sydney Thunder and New South Wales (NSW) respectively, was awarded the Alex Blackwell medal earlier this month.
In only her second match in the WBBL, Litchfield struck an unbeaten half-century to take Thunder over the line in a tricky chase against Brisbane Heat. She advanced down the track to the spinners, and confidently punched the quicks down the ground, showing maturity well beyond her years. She was one of Thunder’s bright spots in what was an otherwise disappointing season.
In the WNCL as well, the 16-year-old scored 252 runs at an average of 42, including an unbeaten 82 against Australian Capital Territory in another tough chase.
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2019/20 NSW Country Cricket Award Winners: