Brunt, Tye Win Top Gongs

Katherine Brunt and Andrew Tye have won the Perth Scorchers’ WBBL|02 Player of the Year and Simon Katich Medal awards at Friday’s Laurie Sawle Medal Night at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

England import Brunt became the first Perth Scorchers player to win consecutive Player of the Year awards, after being recognised for another stellar season with the Club.

The fastest-bowling female in world cricket captured 10 wickets, with a valuable economy rate of just 5.55 across WBBL|02, helping the eventual runners-up Scorchers to their first Championship decider in the competition.

Brunt backed up her best bowling figures of 2-14 with 216 runs at an average of 27, including a team-high eight sixes and aggressive strike rate of 132.51.

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Tye was named the Simon Katich Medallist after he ended the KFC Big Bash League season in the top-10 wicket-takers list for the competition with 10 scalps at an average of 27.4 and an economy of 7.14 – an impressive rate for a bowler often tasked with seeing out the closing overs.

Tye claimed best figures of 4-22 against the Brisbane Heat in a crucial return game win for the Scorchers at the Gabba and made a memorable 33 against the Stars when elevated up the order in the last home game of the regular season.

The win over the Heat also had the 30-year-old become just the second player in the competition’s short six-year history to take a hat-trick.

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