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Beaumont, Brunt and Ecclestone shortlisted for NatWest PCA Women's Player of the Summer.
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The Professional Cricketers’ Association can reveal Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone have been shortlisted for the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer.
The accolade has been voted for by the current squad, with the winner receiving the honour at the NatWest PCA Awards which takes place at the Roundhouse, Camden next Thursday October 4.
Heather Knight led England across an impressive summer which saw them continue momentum built from the 2017 World Cup victory by winning a clean sweep of series over the summer.
A 2-1 ODI series victory over South Africa started the summer with a bang before beating New Zealand in the T20 Tri-Series final in a competition which also involved South Africa. The summer was then rounded off with in style by beating the Kiwi’s 2-1 in the three game ODI series.
Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt and Sophie Ecclestone receive a golden ticket from captain Heather Knight.
With Natalie Sciver taking home the trophy in 2017 and Beaumont the year before, the opener is once again shortlisted for the prestigious award.
Beaumont has carried on her fantastic form from the 2017 World Cup to cement her place as one of the most consistent batters in the world game.
Increasingly adaptable, the ball-striking which marked her out as a fine young talent has now evolved into an all-round game that has seen her play some magnificent knocks this summer. She was Player of the Series in the Royal London ODI Series against South Africa and scored her maiden IT20 ton against South Africa in a record-breaking win at Taunto which helped her win the Women’s MVP.
Beaumont is joined by the ever dependable Brunt, an England player for 14 years now and yet there’s no sign of her slowing down. She has been the foundation on which the national side has been built for some time and this summer she was as important ever.
She took nine wickets across the ODIs and also gave another indication of her strength as an all-rounder, making an ODI best of 72 not out against South Africa at Worcester.
From the 33-year-old to a 19-year-old nominee, it’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Ecclestone who missed out on England Women’s victorious World Cup campaign as she was finishing school, but is now arguably one of the world’s most dangerous spinners.
A 2018 PCA Rookie Camp attendee, her height marks her out as a different sort of slow bowler in the women’s game and when that’s allied with her metronomic consistency she becomes a very difficult prospect. She thrived in India and won Player of the Series in the Vitality IT20 Tri-Series against South Africa and New Zealand this summer.
The announcement of the NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer shortlist completes the nominees for the NatWest PCA Awards. Yesterday Surrey’s Rory Burns and Rikki Clarke joined Kent’s Joe Denly and Matt Henry in being shortlisted for the NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year. Meanwhile, Worcestershire pair Ed Barnard and Pat Brown have been nominated for the NatWest PCA Young Player of the Year alongside Surrey’s Sam Curran and Ollie Pope and Lancashire’s Matthew Parkinson.
The 49th NatWest PCA Awards will take place at the Roundhouse in Camden on October 4. The event is organised by the PCA, in association with the England and Wales Cricket Board with the Awards reflecting the domestic and international season with all proceeds from the night going to the PCA Professional Cricketers’ Trust.