Four months after making her international debut, 23-year-old left-arm spinner Alex Hartley has won the Cricket Society’s Most Promising Young Female Cricketer Award.
2016 has been an exciting year for Hartley, after she fought her way back into England contention having been dropped from the Academy 7 years ago. Having impressed new coach Mark Robinson, she was called into the squad for the summer series’ against Pakistan, and took her first international wicket in the final T20 at Chelmsford, finishing with figures of 2-19.
She performed brilliantly in the inaugural Super League for Surrey Stars, ending the competition with 8 wickets, including 3-11 against Lancashire Thunder.
Most recently in England’s ODI series in the Caribbean she took 13 wickets at an economy rate of 3.4 – a record total for England in a bilateral series.
Hartley said: “I’m so excited to have won this award – thank you to everyone at the Cricket Society.”
“Looking through the names of previous recipients, it is incredible to think that my name has now been added to that list.”
“The past 12 months have flown by in a bit of a blur, but I have loved every second of it. I’m still learning so much with every match I play, and I now can’t wait to see what 2017 and the possibility of playing in a home World Cup has to bring.”
The award has run since 2002, with previous winners including Nat Sciver (2013), Heather Knight (2010) and Katherine Brunt (2004). It will be formally presented at the Cricket Society’s annual autumn dinner this evening.