Crick­eters awarded for sea­son

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport -

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.

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