Sean Abbott and Daniel Hughes have been jointly awarded the Sixers BBL Player of the Tournament award and Alyssa Healy the Sixers WBBL Player of the Tournament Award, on Saturday night at the Cricket NSW Steve Waugh and Belinda Clark Medal in Sydney.
It was a big night for Alyssa Healy who also took out the Belinda Clark Medal as the awards were handed out at the Hilton Sydney.
In front of around 450 guests, the Sixers and NSW Cricket celebrated another landmark season that saw the WBBL team take home the trophy as Champions, and the BBL team fall just short of the same feat against the Perth Scorchers.
Joint Sixers BBL Players of the Tournament Sean Abbott and Daniel Hughes both played key roles in another successful season for the men in Magenta, with Abbott being the highest wicket taker for BBL06 and scoring the winning runs against the Melbourne Stars to take the Sixers through to the Semi Finals. Daniel Hughes had a breakthrough season at the top of the order being the leading run scorer for the Club and playing some memorable innings, none more important than a season high 85 against the Brisbane Heat in early January.
For the WBBL Player of the Tournament Healy, it was a case of spreading her wings as the season progressed with five Player of the Match awards in the latter part of the tournament and the most dismissals in the WBBL with eight stumping’s and nine catches. With Captain Ellyse Perry sidelined through injury for the finals, Healy took the reins of the team and led them very capably to the title against the Perth Scorchers at the WACA.
The Sixers have also celebrated a landmark year off the field with an average crowd on 30,368 at the SCG, a 9% increase on last season, a record domestic men’s and women’s crowd of 39,756 and 17,346 respectively, an 18% increase in Membership, a 14.5% increase in sponsorship and the mantle as the number one Club in the BBL in the digital space.
Club General Manager, Dominic Remond, acknowledged that there was a lot to celebrate after a fantastic season.
“We’ve had a great year at the Sixers and tonight was another chance to celebrate the success of the Club and the players alongside Cricket NSW,” he said.
“We congratulate Alyssa, Sean and Daniel on their awards tonight, they are very well deserved after excellent seasons for all three players.
“The winners, and all our players, represent the Sixers wonderfully and we couldn’t be prouder of what they have achieved.
“We will now look towards BBL|07 and WBBL|03 and challenge ourselves to continue to build on the success of this past year.”
The Club will begin preparations for next season with five BBL home games at the SCG to look forward to this summer, as well as another big WBBL tournament.