The 2016-17 Karen Read Medal winner will be announced on
Wednesday night at Western Australian women’s club cricket’s night of nights at
the WACA Ground.
The Karen Read Medal is awarded to the best women’s player,
based on 3-2-1 votes for all regular season rounds of the A Grade T20 and
Among the favourites for the Karen Read Medal are Midland-Guildford’s
Chloe Piparo, Bhavisha Devchand and Beth Dawson, South Perth’s Melissa Cameron
and Heather Siegers, Melville’s Renee Chappell and University’s Tansi Price.
Follow @WACA_Cricket or the hashtag #KRMedal on Twitter on Wednesday night to follow proceedings.
Piparo appears the overwhelming favourite after comfortably
topping both the 50-over and T20 competition’s scoring charts with 432 and 271
The 22-year-old batter scored two centuries and averaged 216
in 50-over cricket, along with three half-centuries at an average of 136.5 in
T20 cricket. She only played eight games which draw votes overall which may
work against her.
Swans team-mate Devchand is firmly in contention too after finishing
second top scorer in the 50-over competition with 217 runs, along with topping
the T20 wicket-taker’s list with 11 scalps at 9.18.
Beth Dawson was Midland-Guildford’s leading wicket-taker and
looms large after claiming 23 wickets across both formats.
Fellow Swans Taneale Peschel, Caitlin Couch and Sheldyn Cooper
all performed strongly at times and may also take votes off Piparo.
South Perth’s Melissa Cameron is a contender after finishing
third on the T20 scoring charts with 194 runs while she claimed eight wickets
in 50-over cricket for the minor premiers.
Fellow Sky Blue Siegers was the side’s top scorer across
both competitions, with 170 and 137 runs in 50-over and T20 competitions
Melville veteran Chappell claimed plenty of wickets across
both formats, finishing with 27 dismissals overall, including topping the
50-over charts. She also amassed 155 T20 runs and is a big chance.
Uni’s Price impressed to finish joint runner-up for most
wickets in the T20 competition with nine scalps. She also made 163 and 130 runs
in the 50-over and T20 competitions respectively to be a dark horse.