2014 BigBashBoard Awards

Unlike an actual awards ceremony I’m not going to keep the big award until the end. Let’s just jump right in. The 3rd Annual BigBashBoard awards include a few new ‘awards’ this year, with individual awards for batting, bowling and fielding in addition to the main ‘Medal’. Also new are the top ranked performances, based on ‘bash factor’ rankings, in both batting and bowling.

The highlights are below, you can find the full run-down, including the match-by-match break down of the votes/points, the top 10 places in the BBB Medal tally, and a few other select stats from BBL03 over on the BigBashBoard.

BBB Medal

Points awarded 5-to-1 for the top 5 ranked performances in each match (based on ‘bash factor’ rankings), points are tallied to find the winner.

Ben Dunk – Hobart Hurricanes

395 runs, average 43.89, strike rate 145.76, high score 96 (54), 7 catches.

Topped all run scorers in the tournament with three half centuries and another three 30+ scores. Scored the full 5 points in 3 matches, finishing with 16 points, 2 points clear of Luke Wright, John Hastings and Cameron Gannon.

Team Medal

The combined points for each team from the main BBB Medal tally.

Melbourne Stars

Unsurprising that their players picked up the most points overall given that they went the through the regular rounds undefeated.

Collected 95 points total, finishing 5 ahead of eventual champions the Per Scorchers.

Individual awards

Points awarded 3-to-1 for the top 3 ranked performances per category (batting, bowling, fielding) in each match, tallied to find the winners.

Batting Award

Luke Wright – Melbourne Stars

288 runs, average 32.0, strike rate 144.72, high score 70(32), 6 catches, 3 wickets at 29

Finished third on the runs tally, scoring 75% of his runs in boundaries. Picked up 11 points to finish two ahead of Simon Katich and Ben Dunk.

Bowling Award

John Hastings – Melbourne Stars

13 wickets at 15.69, economy rate 5.94, 3 catches

Finished equal 4th on the wickets tally, but did so at an economy rate below 6. Strong finish to the tournament by Hastings lifted him to 13 points, just one ahead of 2nd placed Cameron Gannon.

Fielding Award

Daniel Smith – Sydney Sixers

8 catches, 4 stumpings, 5 run outs

Far and away the most dismissal in BBL03, Smith picked up 19 points, almost double Sam Whiteman who finished 2nd with 10.

Top ranked individual performances

Batting – Craig Simmons – Perth Scorchers

Simmons picked up 2 tons late in the tournament, but it’s his first effort of 102 off just 41 balls against the Adelaide Strikers that earns him the award.

Bowling – James Faulkner – Melbourne Stars

International duties limited the number of appearances Faulkner made to just, but his 3/9 off a full 4 overs against the Strikers was pretty handy.

BBB First XI

  1. Ben Dunk (wk) – Hobart Hurricanes
  2. Luke Wright – Melbourne Stars
  3. Aaron Finch – Melbourne Renegades
  4. Simon Katich (c) – Perth Scorchers
  5. Brad Hodge – Melbourne Stars
  6. Michael Hussey – Sydney Thunder
  7. Mitchell Marsh – Perth Scorchers
  8. John Hastings – Melbourne Stars
  9. Josh Hazlewood – Sydney Sixers
  10. Cameron Gannon – Brisbane Heat
  11. Brad Hogg – Perth Scorchers

Made a couple of changes from the list that I submitted for the BBL All-Star side. Katich and Hodge in for White and Klinger, Marsh in for Maxwell, Hastings in for Bird, and Hogg in for Arafat.