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Brilliant Brunt, Affable Agar Take Scorchers Gongs

05 April 2018

England import Katherine Brunt has maintained her impressive hold on the Scorchers Rebel WBBL Player of the Year Award, while affable all-rounder Ashton Agar collected the Simon Katich Medal as the Scorchers’ KFC BBL Player of the Year at tonight’s Laurie Sawle Medal Night.

A crowd of almost 450 people were on-hand for the event at Optus Stadium’s River View Room, helping to recognise WA’s most outstanding performers of the 2017-18 season at the state’s cricketing night-of-nights.

Brunt, whose win ensured she collected the title for the third-consecutive season and remained the only winner of the honour, dominated the competition to finish as WBBL|03’s leading wicket-taker, with 23 from 54 overs (14 matches).

Her economy rate of 4.83 placed her second for the season from all bowlers.

The pace bowler proved her mettle with her best return of 3-11 coming against the Melbourne Renegades in the cut-throat last game of the regular season, helping to seal the win that secured Perth its berth in the finals.

A breakout season for free-wheeling, economical all-rounder Agar led him to the Simon Katich Medal as the Scorchers’ BBL|07 Player of the Year, with the 24-year-old’s fluid batting and tight left-arm spin also rewarded with a call-up to Australia’s Twenty20 squad.

Agar averaged 49.66 with the bat and notched his high score of an unbeaten 33 against the Melbourne Stars on Boxing Day, helping to put the Scorchers on the path to the top of the table.

However, it was with the ball that Agar proved most effective in the BBL’s seventh season, as he led the Scorchers and sat third of full-time bowlers in the league with his economy rate of 5.74.

The affable all-rounder claimed his best figures of 3-19 in the top-of-the-table clash against the Adelaide Strikers in Alice Springs and ended the season with eight wickets from his 35 overs at an average of 25.12.