After recently winning WBBL|02 with the Sixers and being named the tournament's Young Gun, Ashleigh Gardner has added another accolade to her growing list of personal and team honours.
Gardner was awarded the National Indigenous Cricket Championship's women's Player of the Tournament following some outstanding performances for New South Wales.
NSW swept the individual player awards for the tournament, with Sixers Academy player Nathan Price named the men’s Player of the Tournament as well as the highest run scorer, and Ashleigh Gardner named women’s Player of the Tournament as well as being the highest run scorer and wicket taker.
Ashleigh Gardner was devastating with bat and ball during the NICC, playing a major hand in New South Wales making the Grand Final of the championships for the seventh consecutive year.
Gardner scored 152 runs at a strike rate of 197.4 and with an average of 50.67, including a high score of 83. She also took nine wickets in four matches, the highlight being her 5/12 against Western Australia.
Nathan Price had another outstanding NICC this year, scoring 248 runs at an average of 62 and a strike rate of 91.2. Price’s consistency was demonstrated in the fact he was New South Wales’ highest scoring batter in five of their six matches in the regular rounds of the championships.
In addition to the individual awards, the 2017 men’s and women’s Black Caps squads were announced, with players in the 12-member squads selected based on player performances throughout the NICC.
Both Gardner and Price were selected in the women's men's Black Caps squads, respectively.