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Ashleigh Gardner Pips Ellyse Perry, Sutherland To Clinch Belinda Clark Award

image-ls1pnyzdGardner with her partner Bridget Patterson (Twitter)

Australian cricketer Ashleigh Gardner has marked another milestone in her burgeoning career by clinching her second Belinda Clark Award in just three years.

This recognition has consolidated her status as one of the world's premier all-rounders. The 26-year-old allrounder garnered 147 votes, surpassing her peers Ellyse Perry and Annabel Sutherland, who received 134 and 106 votes respectively. She also won the Community Impact Award.

Gardner's record-breaking year earns her second Belinda Clark Award

Gardner's twin at the Australian Cricket Awards on Wednesday night comes after a remarkable 12-month period, which saw her performance soar in both red and white-ball cricket. Her consistent performances from January 2023 to January 2024, spanning formats, have been nothing short of phenomenal.

During this time, Gardner not only led as Australia's top wicket-taker but also shattered records. She claimed an impressive 56 wickets in 30 matches, a feat that places her well ahead of her peers in terms of wickets taken and bowling averages.

Notably, Gardner's achievements have earned her a place in the elite group of players who have won the Belinda Clark Award multiple times, joining the ranks of Karen Rolton (4), Shelley Nitschke (4), Meg Lanning - who recently retired from international cricket - (3), Ellyse Perry (3), Beth Mooney (2), and Lisa Sthalekar (2).

Her record-breaking year included setting a new global benchmark for the most wickets in a calendar year by any female cricketer, surpassing Sophie Ecclestone's previous record. However, it was her heroics in Test cricket that were the highlight of the year.

In a historic match against England at Trent Bridge, Gardner's stunning 12-165 haul not only secured Australia's first Test win since 2015 but also broke Betty Wilson's long-standing record for the best Test haul by an Australian woman.

Meanwhile, Australian legends like Ellyse Perry, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja and Travis Head looked dapper in the CA Awards 2023