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Sophie Ecclestone named ICC Emerging Player of the Year

Sophie Ecclestone named ICC Emerging Player of the Year

Lancashire Thunder bowler wins ICC award

Lancashire Thunder's 19 year-old 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 the calendar year.

Ecclestone was also named as Lancashire Thunder's Young Player of the Tournament after taking 15 wickets taken at an average of 15, whilst also being voted as the Professional Cricketers Association's Women's Player of the Year in October.

Sophie Ecclestone said: “I am really delighted to win this award. 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 a 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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