BBC Sports activities Persona of the 12 months 2017
Date: Sunday, 17 December Venue: Echo Area, Liverpool Protection: BBC One, Radio 5 reside, BBC Sport web site

We’re showcasing every of the 12 contenders within the run-up to the Sports activities Persona of the 12 months award on 17 December. As we speak – Anya Shrubsole.

Age: 25 Sport: Cricket

12 months in a nutshell

Named participant of the match as England secured a dramatic victory over India to win the Women’s World Cup in July.

The Somerset bowler took 5 wickets in 19 balls as she claimed 6-46, the very best bowling figures in a World Cup remaining.

Shrubsole turned the primary feminine cricketer to obtain the Christopher Martin-Jenkins Spirit of Cricket award for consoling distraught South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk after the semi-final victory earlier than celebrating together with her team-mates.

SPOTY 2017: Michael Vaughan on the ‘particular person brilliance’ of Anya Shrubsole

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Shrubsole:

“She has that internal spirit you require. She grew in confidence and the group actually sucked England house to victory. Anya had that one likelihood to ship one thing particular and she or he definitely did that.

“It was a superb particular person efficiency underneath immense stress. It felt like the entire nation stopped on that Sunday afternoon to observe girls’s cricket. It was prime quality, excessive drama – the environment was immense and England delivered.

“England ought to have misplaced and she or he bought the wickets. It is given so many younger women the chance to have a look at the sport and realise it is a correct sport.”

How did she get right here?

Anya Shrubsole as a youngster at Lord's
Shrubsole first visited Lord’s, the house of cricket, aged 9 to see her father Ian play for Tub (1/5)

Shrubsole loved soccer, rugby and swimming as a baby however focused on cricket after honing her abilities in her dad and mom’ again backyard.

She performed in boys’ groups, appeared for Somerset’s girls’s aspect by the age of 12 and 4 years later had made her England debut.

On the finish of the 2008 season, Shrubsole gained the Most Promising Younger Ladies’s Cricketer Award, chosen by the MCC, and was referred to as as much as England’s squad the next yr for the World Cup.

She was main wicket-taker on the World Twenty20 three years in the past and went on to grow to be England’s vice-captain.

What she stated on the World Cup triumph: “You by no means truly suppose this stuff are going to occur. For that dream to be a actuality is simply wonderful.”

What you say

Penny Hopkins: Just one SPOTY winner for me this yr and that is @Anya_shrubsole. The Ladies’s Cricket World Cup was THE occasion of the sporting summer time.

Georgia Baker: So glad to see Anya Shrubsole on the shortlist. She’s had such a tremendous yr, and is a real inspiration for younger women who wish to get entangled in cricket.

April Corridor: Satisfied to see Anya Shrubsole nominated for SPOTY – taking that final wicket at Lord’s to win the World Cup was a real champagne second.

Sports activities Persona document: First nomination. Andrew Flintoff was the final cricketer to be voted Sports activities Persona in 2005.

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