Georgia making her mark in cricket
FORMER Alstonville cricketer Georgia Redmayne won the Betty Wilson Young Women's Cricketer of the Year award on Allan Border Medal night.
The 24-year-old received the honour voted by her peers as Australia's most promising rising player.
Redmayne is a wicketkeeper-batter for Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes, Australia A representative and soon-to-be doctor.
It was a reward for a 12-month period in which Redmayne scored 413 domestic runs - 284 more than the next eligible player - with 11 catches and one stumping.
The award, named in honour of one of Australia's greatest all-rounders, was introduced last year to recognise a player aged 24 or younger who had played 10 or fewer matches before December 5, 2016.
Voted on by Australian- based international, state and WBBL-contracted cricketers - with players unable to vote for people from their own state - it takes into account performances in the Women's National Cricket League, WBBL and games at international level between December 10, 2016, and November 28, 2017.
Redmayne's strong domestic summer in 2016-17 was enough to earn selection in the Australia A tour of Sri Lanka last April and represent a Cricket Australia XI in a tour match against England last November.
It started with a century in the 50-over national league - the first ever scored by a Tasmanian player - that despite falling outside the voting period, set the tone for a successful season in purple.
Redmayne scored 278 runs in WBBL 02 as the Hurri- canes made the semi-finals for the second year running, and completed 12 dismissals behind the stumps.
She started the 2017-18 national league season on a promising note, scoring 89 against WA.
It continued what's been an exciting rise with Tasmania and Hobart after missing out on a contract with either Sydney team in WBBL 01, and struggling to make an impact in a NSW system packed with talent.
More impressively, Redmayne's giant strides on the field have come while she juggles cricket with the heavy study load of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales.