The Sydney Cricket Association has this week announced the Women’s NSW Premier Cricket Team of the Decade with Australian, and NSW Breakers’ great Alex Blackwell named as captain.

The players were selected purely on their performances and statistics in Women’s Premier Cricket during the decade of 2010/11 to 2019/20.

Demonstrating the strength and depth of the 12 players chosen, four have represented Australia at the highest level including Blackwell, who played the majority of her career with Universities and was selected at No. 4 in the batting order.

Current Australian allrounder and former Breaker Nicola Carey (St George-Sutherland) joins Blackwell, Leah Poulton (St George-Sutherland, Universities) and Sarah Aley (Bankstown Sports) in the XII.

Queensland opener Georgia Redmayne’s record of more than 3,000 runs for Universities earned her a place alongside several other accomplished players who have played in the Women’s National Cricket League and WBBL.

Those players are former Breakers Hannah Trollip and Charlotte Anneveld, who also played for the ACT Meteors and Sydney Thunder in WBBL|01, wicketkeeper-batter Laura Wright (ACT, Tasmania), allrounder Rhiannon Dick (ACT, Sydney Sixers, Adelaide Strikers) and Kate Owen (ACT).

Outstanding First Grade performers pace bowler Emma Newman (Bankstown Sports) and spinner Emily Mifsud (St George-Sutherland, Universities) completed the Team of the Decade. Between the two of them they took 286 wickets.

Blackwell said she was honoured to be selected in such a prestigious team and to also be named as captain was a thrill.

“(Premier Cricket) was where I was honing my craft and and learning how far I could push myself,” Blackwell said.

“I also loved captaining in club cricket.

“I did get some big scores, I remember a double hundred I got against Northern District at the Village Green, at UNSW … I always went out there looking to do my best every time and I think that was the biggest show of respect I could give for my opponents.

“One of my highlights was opening the batting with (NSW Breaker) Maddy Darke when she scored her maiden half-century in First Grade (for Universities).

“For me I was a long-established Australian player, but to be there helping people push through and push themselves to reach their own potential that’s what I really enjoyed about club cricket.”

Gordon batter Hannah Trollip is the only player selected in the Team of the Decade to receive the Women’s Premier Cricket Player of the Year award twice in 2010/11 and 2016/17.

Other players in the XII to have won the Player of the Year award are Laura Wright (2014/15), Georgia Redmayne (2015/16), Rhiannon Dick (2017/18) and Sarah Aley (2011/12).

The Universities club had five representatives in the Team of the Decade with Blackwell, Poulton, Redmayne, Owen and Mifsud.

Bankstown Sports were next best represented with four – Wright, Dick, Aley and Newman – St George-Sutherland had three (Poulton, Carey and Mifsud) and Gordon two (Trollip and Anneveld).

Former Australian and Breakers’ batter Leah Poulton, now Head of Female Cricket at CNSW, echoed the sentiments of Blackwell and said some of her fondest memories were playing Grade cricket.

"I absolutely loved playing Grade cricket," said Poulton, who was selected to bat at No. 3 in the Team of the Decade.

“Regardless of what level, cricket’s all about great people and teammates and sharing their success. I loved both my time at St George-Sutherland Slayers and the Unis.

“It brings back lots of great memories and you think about all of those great people you enjoyed spending time with.

“Such an important part of our Pathway. It’s the one consistent thing that runs right through your career. No matter how old you are, what level you’re at, Premier Cricket is like the bedrock.

“I always use to hold time spent in the middle and match performance in the highest regard, each and every season. No matter where I was in my career, the ability to go and turn out good performances in Premier Cricket were always a really good sign of where you’re at with your game.”

 

Sydney Cricket Association’s Women’s Premier Cricket Team of the Decade (in batting order and statistics for the period):

Laura Wright (wk) (Bankstown Sports) – right-hand batter

150 matches. 4,023 runs @ 35.29. 26 50s, HS 95*. 160 dismissals.

 

Hannah Trollip (Gordon) – right-hand batter, right-arm leg-spin

147 matches. 4,419 runs @ 35.35. 29 50s, 5 100s. HS 141. 40 wickets @ 12.43. 1x 5wi. BBI 5-32.

 

Leah Poulton (St George-Sutherland, Universities) – right-hand batter

60 matches. 2,435 runs @ 57.98. 16 50s, 4 100s. HS 129.

 

Alex Blackwell ( c ) (Universities) – right-hand batter

59 matches. 2,276 runs @ 66.94. 19 50s, 4 100s. HS 223.

 

Georgia Redmayne (Universities) – left-hand batter

94 matches. 3,088 runs @ 50.62. 18 50s, 5 100s. HS 165. 102 dismissals.

 

Rhiannon Dick (Bankstown Sports) – left-hand batter, left-arm finger spin

124 matches. 2,599 runs @ 41.25. 10 50s, 2 100s. HS 114 not out. 126 wickets @ 17.94. 1x 5wi. BBI 5-21.

   

Nicola Carey (St George-Sutherland) – left-hand batter, right-arm medium

95 matches. 2,416 runs @ 35.01. 13 50s, 2 100s. HS 109. 92 wickets @ 22.72. 1x 5wi. BBI 5-23.

 

Sarah Aley (Bankstown Sports) – right-hand batter, right-arm fast-medium

97 matches. 125 wickets @ 14.23. 3x 5wi. BBI 6-17. 1,882 runs @ 29.41. 10 50s, 1 100. HS 101 not out.

 

Kate Owen (Universities) – right-hand batter, right-arm medium

129 matches. 118 wickets @ 17.02. 1x 5wi. BBI 5-32. 1,956 runs @ 27.17. 9 50s. HS 84 not out.

 

Charlotte Anneveld (Gordon) – right-hand batter, right-arm medium, right-arm off-spin

98 matches. 142 wickets @ 14.12. 3x 5wi. BBI 6-12. 1,882 runs @ 25.78. 11 50s. HS 80 not out.

 

Emma Newman (Bankstown Sports) – right-hand batter, right-arm medium

159 matches. 138 wickets @ 17.59. 2x 5wi. BBI 5-22.

 

Emily Mifsud (St George-Sutherland, Universities) – right-hand batter, right-arm off-spin

115 matches. 148 wickets @ 15.72. 2x 5wi. BBI 6-28.