Days after being named as Australia’s back-up Test wicketkeeper, Peter Nevill has won the Steve Waugh Medal as the NSW team’s player of the year.
The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who played an outstanding Sheffield Season for the Blues, was presented with the prestigious award in Sydney on Thursday night.
Nevill scored 764 Shield runs throughout the season at an average of 76.40, including a sensational career-best 235 not out against Tasmania in Hobart.
He also took 29 catches and a competition-high five stumpings.
It caps off a cracking week for Nevill, who was named on Tuesday as Brad Haddin’s understudy in the Australian Test squad for the tour of the West Indies and England for The Ashes.
The Melbourne-born Nevill leapfrogged close friend and former Victorian teammate Matthew Wade, who was first-choice against the Windies three years ago, in the pecking order for the No.2 gloveman spot.
It puts him in a good position to take over from Brad Haddin behind the stumps when the 37-year-old retires from from the long-form game.
NSW women’s captain Alex Blackwell won the Belinda Clark Medal for the third time.
The 31-year-old, who was the leading run-scorer in the Women’s T20 competition and third in the Women’s National Cricket League, has been part of all 10 of the Breakers’ consecutive premierships since 2005/06.
In other categories, Ryan Carters was voted one-day player of the year, veteran South African allrounder Jacques Kallis Sydney Thunder player of the tournament and Moises Henriques Sydney Sixers player of the tournament.
Steve Waugh Medal – Peter Nevill
Belinda Clark Medal – Alex Blackwell
Sheffield Shield Player of the Year – Peter Nevill
WNCL Player of the Year – Ellyse Perry
Sydney Sixers Player of the Tournament – Moises Henriques
Sydney Thunder Player of the Tournament – Jacques Kallis
Matador Cup Player of the Year – Ryan Carters
WT20 Player of the Year – Alex Blackwell