In what was a tough season of rebuilding, Rachel Priest led a young Hinds team by example both on and off the field.
Rain had a big impact on results but in the games that were played Rachel topped the Hinds Action Cricket Twenty20 batting aggregates with 283 runs (4th nationally) at an average of 35 with a top score of 106 not out. Opening the batting Rachel was always dominant from the first over, dispatching anything loose and some that were not so. Her power hitting was impressive all around the wicket. She was also second in the Hinds Action Cricket Cup run aggregates with 117 runs at an average of 39.
As the season unfolded and Rachel’s confidence grew, both in herself and the players around her, her captaincy decision making developed and became more proactive.
At all times her wicket keeping was top rate and it was only injury that stood in the way of a recall to the White Ferns. Standing up to almost all the bowlers Rachel completed six stumpings and in a couple of instances these wonderful pieces of fielding almost proved to be match winning performances on their own.
This is the second time that Rachel has won the Life Member’s Award after her initial honour in 2009/10.