HBโ€™s audience-voted SC BBL|11 award winners: Best bat & bowl, most improved, best cash cow & loop

The 2021-22 SuperCoach BBL season is done and dusted and as is tradition weโ€™ve asked our audience for their votes on some of the award winners across numerous categories rather than simply going on numbers, cos this is more fun!

Best Batsman

Strikers opener Matt Short finished top of the charts for overall points across all positions, but Ben McDermott won the vote with almost 53% on his side, after showcasing his ridiculous ceiling with a Round 6 score of 347 which propelled many coaches up the ranks.

McDermott missed a few games early due to injury, hence not winning the points category, but he had one of the best averages in SC BBL at 73. Mitch Marsh, who finished second in the vote with 34.5%, was the only regular player to have a higher average than McDermott at an incredible 106.2. If Marsh played more, he would definitely have won this.

Best Bowler

Daniel Sams ranked third for most points this SC BBL season while Sean Abbott was sixth overall for averages, but Strikers spinner Rashid Khan won the vote with 42%. The Afghan superstar signed off in style with 6-17 giving him a stunning score of 187 points. Rashid actually never dipped below 25 SC points in a game so he was undeniably reliable.

Most Improved

Short gets his reward as the most improved with two-thirds of the vote in this category. Short averaged 17.8 SC points in BBL|10 but that skyrocketed to 68.1 this season, as he capitalised on an improved role as an opening bat while he ended up being the Strikersโ€™ fifth bowler too.

Kudos to Hayden Kerr and Tom Rogers who came out of nowhere after both did not play in BBL|10 while Xavier Bartlett was impressive when he played, but he didnโ€™t play enough.

Cash Cow of the Year

Short wins again having started the season worth $62k and finishing the season on $216k. He exceeded all expectations. Kerr also started at $62k and averaged 54.3. Owning both was crucial.

Loop of the Year

Australiaโ€™s Under-19 World Cup captain Cooper โ€˜Looperโ€™ Connolly is probably unaware of his cult status but this fan vote confirms it, with the Scorchers DPP $42ker proving valuable throughout the season for coaches looking to loop in a bench score or lock in a bumper VC score. Connollyโ€™s early season injury and World Cup commitments, along with Perthโ€™s dominance and fixture, meant he was uber safe and ideal.

Thatโ€™s officially a wrap from the HB team for the BBL|11 SuperCoach season. Thanks again for following and your support.

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