Red Rose So­phie earns top award

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LAN­CASHIRE Thun­der left-arm spin­ner So­phie Ec­cle­stone has been voted the ICC Women’s Emerg­ing Player of the Year af­ter tak­ing 18 wick­ets in nine ODIs and 17 in 14 T20Is dur­ing 2018.

The 19-year-old was also named Lan­cashire Thun­der’s Young Player of the Tour­na­ment af­ter tak­ing 15 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 15 in the Kia Su­per League, while also be­ing voted as the Pro­fes­sional Crick­eters As­so­ci­a­tion’s Women’s Player of the Year.

“I am re­ally de­lighted to win this award,” said Ec­cle­stone of her lat­est prize.

“The most im­por­tant thing is win­ning on the field, but it’s nice to be recog­nised.

“I work re­ally hard to try and im­prove my game and I’ve re­ally en­joyed the last 12 months.

“It was my first full year as an Eng­land player af­ter fin­ish­ing my ed­u­ca­tion so it’s amaz­ing to get an award like this.

“There have been lots of great mo­ments.

“As an Eng­land team we’ve played some re­ally good cricket and we did well to reach the fi­nal of the ICC Women’s World T20.

“We learned a lot in In­dia at the be­gin­ning of the year and we took that into our sum­mer against New Zealand and South Africa.

“We’ve never said we’re the per­fect team but we’ll keep work­ing hard to get bet­ter and that’s the same for me.”

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