On Monday, The International Cricket Council (ICC) declared the 23-year-old Scottish all-rounder Kathryn Bryce as the winner of the ICC Women’s Player of the month for May 2021.
ICC gives out this award every month to recognize and celebrate the best performances from both male and female cricketers across all formats of the game.
The Scottish player Kathryn Bryce was a deserving winner of this award this month as she became the first Scottish player-male or female- to break into the top 10 of batting or bowling lists of the ICC Player Rankings. She is currently at the 10th spot of the ICC T20I batter ranking. She climbed 9 spots to get to 10th place.
Kathryn Bryce creates History! 🙌
Kathryn achieved the feat after finishing as the leading run-scorer for her team during a four-match T20I series in Belfast, which Ireland won 3-1. @CricketScotland @Kathryn_Bryce pic.twitter.com/dcezHPGLmd
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) June 1, 2021
Last month, Scotland played Ireland in a 4 T20 International series, Scotland lost the series by 3-1 but it turned out to be a life-changing series for Bryce. She scored 96 runs and took 5 wickets with an economy of 4.76. She was the highest run-getter from her team.
Scotland’s Kathryn Bryce voted as ‘ICC Player of the Month’ for May 2021.
Congratulations Kathryn 🥳😀 pic.twitter.com/NqV7UYv9Dp
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) June 14, 2021
Bryce has played 18 T20 Internationals for Scotland, scoring almost 500 runs and picking up 20 wickets. After the conclusion of the series, she also achieved her career-best ranking as a bowler and all-rounder, she moved up 35 places to get to the 31st spot in the rankings.
Commenting on Kathryn’s performance in May, Ramiz Raja representing the ICC Voting Academy said: “Kathryn’s all-round game came through in a series that her team lost. She batted with flair and bowled well too and deserved to be the player of the month for May.”
The other two players who were nominated for the ICC Women’s Player of the Month for May 2021 were Gaby Lewis and Leah Paul from Ireland.
20-year-old Irish all-rounder Gaby Lewis put up an amazing performance against the Scottish women earlier this month. She scored 116 runs at 29.00 with a strike rate of 116.00. She was the leading run-scorer in the series between Ireland and Scotland.
Gaby’s teammate, Leah Paul was the leading wicket-taker in the Ireland vs Scotland T20I series. She picked up nine wickets at an economy rate of 4.44 against Scotland.