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Perry and Sthalekar honoured at NSW Champions of Sport Ceremony

19 November 2019

Ellyse Perry and Lisa Sthalekar.

Sixers captain Ellyse Perry was named the NSW Champions of Sport Athlete of the Year on Monday night with another Sixers great Lisa Sthalekar also inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions at the Star Sydney.

After being a finalist in 2017 and 2018, Perry beat a field including World Champion swimmer Cate Campbell, two-time premiership winning Rugby League fullback James Tedesco and Olympic canoe slalom paddler Jessica Fox among others, to win the prestigious award.

Sthalekar joined five other great Australian athletes to be inducted on Monday night alongside basketball great Lauren Jackson.

Perry is currently ranked by the International Cricket Council as the number one female allrounder, number two batter and number four bowler in the world.

She recently became the first player in history, man or woman, to score 1,000 Twenty20 International runs and claim 100 International T20 wickets.

During the winter, Perry dominated Australia's successful Women’s Ashes Series in England across all three playing formats with both bat and ball, winning four Player of the Match awards.

She scored a total of 378 runs at an average of 94.5 and claimed 7-22 in a One Day International, the best figures by an Australian woman in that format.

Last season for the Sixers, Perry smashed the record for most runs in one WBBL season scoring 777 while leading the team to a fourth successive Final.

Lisa Sthalekar finished a distinguished International career in early 2013 as the leading allrounder in the world and completed a remarkable professional career in 2017 as part of the first Sixers team to win a WBBL title.

She played 25 matches for the Sixers during the first two editions of the WBBL taking 19 wickets with her off-spin at an average of 20.73.

From 187 international matches, Sthalekar claimed 229 wickets and scored 3,913 runs including three centuries with a highest score of 120 not out across Test, One-Day and T20 matches.

Born in India, adopted and raised in Sydney, Lisa made her debut for the NSW Breakers in 1997, and became their most-capped one-day player, representing her state in 145 matches. She was part of 14 Women’s National Cricket League titles across 16 seasons, including five as captain.

Lisa made her international debut in 2001 in a One-Day International against England and went on to become the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in ODIs.

During 2006, Sthalekar captained Australia in three ODIs against New Zealand, and in 2010, took career best ODI bowling figures, 5-35, in her 100th match.

Playing for Australia with the Southern Stars in eight Tests, Lisa was part of the Australian team which won the 2011 Ashes.

Lisa played in 54 Women’s T20 International matches, including being a part of Australia’s Twenty20 World Cup winning teams in 2010 and 2012, and awarded the 2012 ICC Women’ s T20 Player of the Year.

She is now a respected cricket commentator.