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New Zealand to introduce Debbie H. Medal to honour women cricketers

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Debbie H. Medal

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced that outstanding women’s cricketer will be honoured with the inaugural Debbie Hockley Medal at this year’s annual cricket awards ceremony. Debbie, regarded as one of the world’s best batters during her playing days and one of the finest to have played the game, played 118 ODIs and 19 Tests for New Zealand from 1979 to 2000. She will present the new award in person on the awards night. She also scored 4064 runs in ODIs at 41.89, including four centuries, 34 half-centuries – while taking 54 wickets. She was the first woman to eclipse 4000 ODI runs, and also the first to play 100 ODIs. Across both formats, she captained New Zealand on 33 occasions.

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About the Debbie Hockley

  • Debbie is the only woman to have won the supreme New Zealand Cricketer of the Year Award, having been honoured in 1998, 13 years before it was changed to the Sir Richard Hadlee Medal. She expressed her delight at having her name associated with the new award.
  • Debbie was the fourth woman to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame after Belinda Clark (Australia), Enid Bakewell and Rachael Heyhoe-Flint (England). In the Test arena, she scored 1301 runs at an average of 52.04, including four centuries, seven half-centuries and a top score of 126 not out against Australia, at Auckland in 1990.
  • Debbie was also the first woman to be elected President of NZC, also the first to aggregate 1500 World Cup runs, and the first to play more than 40 World Cup matches. She retired from international cricket after playing in New Zealand’s victorious ODI World Cup final against Australia, at Lincoln in 2000.
  • In the 1999 New Year’s Honours, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to cricket and, in 2021, a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to cricket.
  • Debbie was also the first woman to be elected President of NZC, also the first to aggregate 1500 World Cup runs, and the first to play more than 40 World Cup matches. She retired from international cricket after playing in New Zealand’s victorious ODI World Cup final against Australia, at Lincoln in 2000.

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