Australian wicket-keeper batter Beth Mooney has become the recipient of the Belinda Clark Award at the Cricket Australia Awards this year.
It is the first time Mooney became a Belinda Clark Medalist, an honour she received with the help of 60 votes, beating the runner-up Meg Lanning who received 58 votes. Along with that, Mooney was also recognized as the best player of the Women Twenty20 Internationals, winning the Female T20I Player of the Year.
Mooney was the leading run-scorer in last year’s WT20I World Cup having amassed 258 runs. She played an instrumental role in Australia’s victory over India in their tri-series against India before the World Cup.
“We’ve got some players within the Australian side at the moment who will be remembered for a long time as some of the best we’ve ever produced and to be playing alongside them, let alone being upon an honour roll next to them for winning this award, is a pretty surreal thing,” Beth Mooney said after receiving the award.
“To be able to sit at the end of the season and win this award, which has been voted [on] by my peers, some of the [best] players in the world, is certainly something I won’t take for granted and something I’m very grateful for,” she added.
The left-hander batter is the first player apart from Lanning, Ellyse Perry, and Alyssa Healy to win the award since 2013. 2013 Belinda Clark Medalist was Jess Duffin, after which the award kept juggling among Lanning, Perry, and Healy. Lanning has won the award thrice (2014, 2015 & 2017), and so has Perry (2016, 2018 & 2020), while Healy won the award in 2019.