Stel­lar year for English­man Jones

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOUTH Perth’s English recruit Rob Jones has backed up his club cham­pion award by fin­ish­ing as run­ner-up on Fri­day night for the pres­ti­gious Olly Coo­ley Medal for WA Pre­mier Cricket best and fairest.

The medal count for the best player in first-grade WA Pre­mier Cricket was held at the WACA Ground’s Bound­ary Room, voted by the um­pires on a 3-2-1 ba­sis per each reg­u­lar-sea­son game.

Win­ner Tim David polled 17 votes from seven matches, fin­ish­ing two votes ahead of Jones (15) from South Perth, with Fre­man­tle’s Chris Chellew (13) and Gos­nells’ Luis Reece (12) next.

David and Jones were locked on 15 votes head­ing into the fi­nal round, which coin­ci­den­tally pit­ted Clare­mont-Ned­lands against South Perth, while Fre­man­tle’s match against Perth was aban­doned, leav­ing Chellew out of the race.

Jones had re­turned to Eng­land prior to round 15 to play for Lan­cashire, mean­ing his only hope was to be a joint win­ner, but David polled two votes in the clash to se­cure the medal out­right.

South Perth’s WA rookie Alex Bevilaqua won the Al­lan Ed­wards Tro­phy for the most promis­ing crick­eter who has not played first­class cricket and ob­serves the spirit of cricket.

On Wed­nes­day night, South Perth’s Melissa Cameron fin­ished as run­nerup for the Karen Read Medal for best fe­male in WA Pre­mier Cricket.

Mean­while, Perth held their awards at Fletcher Park on April 1.

Ben Mike won the Rigg Medal and Ja­cob Van Galen claimed the Butcher Tro­phy.

Perth’s Ben Mike, with Denise and Phil Rigg, claimed the Rigg Medal.

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