Cricketers awarded for season
Tatura Cricket Club’s season concluded with the awards presentation evening towards the end of last month and club stalwart Glenn Walker was presented with a life membership.
Walker became just the 20th life member in the 137 years of the club’s recorded history.
Walker has always been a key leader, both off and on the field, and a tireless worker for the club during the past 20 years.
He has been on the committee for 10 years, secretary for six years, co-ordinator of the Milo Have-AGo program for young children for five years, and has been awarded Clubman of the Year three times.
He has played a pivotal role in the development and maintenance of the training and playing facilities at the club, arguably the best in the competition, and in wicket preparation for games.
Walker has also made an impressive on-field contribution. He was a member of the 1997-98 premiership team; played more than 280 club games, 121 of which were in A-grade; and captained A-grade for two years during which time Tatura was deemed to be the best conducted club in the competition by Cricket Shepparton
Walker has been Club Champion, captain of B-grade for two years, and this season the team was considered the best conducted team in the B-grade competition.
He has won the B-grade batting average for the club on two occas- ions.
Walker hasmade an outstanding contribution to the club, and the high regard for Tatura in Cricket Shepparton is in no small part due to his leadership.
Captain/coach Tim Kelly had an outstanding season, winning the batting average, 42.54, and the Club Championship.
Kelly also made the Cricket Shepparton Team of the Year, and made the most runs, 553, in the home-and-away games of the competition.
His inspiring leadership has created a competitive young team which finished the season on a high note, defeating Old Students, who went on to win the premiership in the last game of the season.
Jayden Armstrong, who stepped up from the Under-16 team from the previous year, was named the Victoria Hotel Under-21 Player of the Year, and was awarded the A-grade Captain’s Award for his developing talent and his commitment to the team throughout the season.
The Clubman of the Year was Alan Lanyon who not only maintained his long-serving role as treasurer, but at the last minute added the demanding role of secretary, while continuing to ensure orderly and quality service in the refreshment area of the clubrooms.
The season ended with the club in a good place, looking forward to the next season with optimismand enthusiasm.
Victoria Hotel Under-21 Player Award: Tony from Victoria Hotel with Jayden Armstrong.
Ray Ranson Award: John Ranson with Will Russell.
Doug Pyke Award: Jim Pyke with Raj Singh.
New life member: Glenn Walker.
Champion Player: Tim Kelly.