Sea­son’s top achiev­ers earn praise

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

The best in lo­cal cricket dur­ing the 2016-17 sea­son were ac­knowl­edged at West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual awards pre­sen­ta­tion night last week.

The M. Saun­ders cham­pion club award for best over­all per­for­mances in the com­pe­ti­tion went to Kar­ratha Kats, who only dropped one game on their way to be­com­ing the 40-over pre­miers for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Grant But­ler, of Pegs Creek Crabs, was named over­all cham­pion player for the sea­son af­ter earn­ing a to­tal of 670 points, and also won the 40-over cham­pion player ac­co­lade with 515 points.

Dampier Tav­ern­ers’ Adrian D’Cunha took out Twenty20 cham­pion player with 244 points

Rec Cub’s Sam O’Hare won the field­ing award, bowl­ing ag­gre­gate was jointly won by Shazad Gon­dal, of Baynton Lions and Rob­bie du Preez, with 20 wick­ets each, while the bowl­ing av­er­age award went to Kats’ Michael James (17 wick­ets at 7.94).

D’Cunha took home the bat­ting ag­gre­gate award (439 runs) and the bat­ting av­er­age was won by Kats’ Cameron Nowotny (270 runs at 90).

Round­ing out the night’s in­di­vid­ual award win­ners were Tav­ern­ers’ James O’Brien, who was unan­i­mously voted best un­der-18s player af­ter im­press­ing in his first sea­son of cricket, and for­mer pres­i­dent Gavin Pater­son for years of out­stand­ing ser­vice to the WPCA.

“We are ex­tremely grate­ful for Gavin’s tire­less work over the years and the as­so­ci­a­tion is bet­ter for it,” new WPCA pres­i­dent Nathan Hamp­son said.

WPCA’s new ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers for the 2017-18 sea­son was also an­nounced on the night.

Hamp­son said it had been a sea­son of good-qual­ity cricket, helped by the ad­di­tion of some ex­pe­ri­enced ex­tra play­ers to the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“The com­pet­i­tive­ness of the clubs has also evened up,” he said.

“In the fi­nal round of the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion, Kar­ratha Kats were the only team to have se­cured a fi­nals birth. Four other teams were fight­ing it out for the re­main­ing three fi­nals po­si­tions. In past sea­sons, the top four have been all but de­cided by the fi­nal round.”

He said youth devel­op­ment, um­pir­ing and ex­pand­ing lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion at WA Coun­try Week would be fo­cuses next sea­son.

We are ex­tremely grate­ful for Gavin’s tire­less work. Nathan Hamp­son

Pic­tures: West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion

West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion award win­ners Adrian D'Cunha, James O'Brien, Corey Rut­gers, Grant But­ler, Michael Bunting and Shazad Gon­dal.

Twenty20 cham­pion player award win­ner Adrian D'Cunha and WPCA pres­i­dent Nathan Hamp­son.

Bowl­ing ag­gre­gate award win­ner Shazad Gon­dal and WPCA pres­i­dent Nathan Hamp­son.

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