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Davis awarded for breakthrough season
Davis awarded for breakthrough season

Liam Davis has been named WA's most valuable State cricketer after his breakthrough season, winning his first Laurie Sawle Medal.

The diminutive opener scored 921 Sheffield Shield runs, including an unbeaten triple century.

Davis was presented with the medal, named after the long-time WA batsman and selector, at the WACA's premier awards at the Hyatt Hotel during the week.

He received 25 votes from his teammates and State umpires to beat Adam Voges (23), paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile (20) and New Zealand-bound wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi (19).

Mike Hussey maintained his dominance of the Gold Cup voting as WA's best cricketer at all levels when he received his sixth award of the past seven seasons. Herschelle Gibbs was named the Perth Scorchers' best player after his strong campaign in the Big Bash League.

Queensland recruit Nathan Rimmington won the players' choice award, voted by his teammates.

Spinner Michael Beer won the Excalibur award for upholding the spirit of the Warriors, and rookie paceman Jason Behrendorff was named the State's rising star.

Western Fury quick Gemma Triscari won her first Zoe Goss medal as WA's best female player.

· _The West Australian _ duo Ross Lewis and John Townsend have won two of the major media awards for the season.

Lewis, sports editor, won the Test match award for an online package on the WACA Test.

Townsend produced the best match report on Michael Clarke's Test triple century at the SCG.

The West Australian

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