Bartholomew takes big prize at awards
One of Horowhenua-Kapiti’s crop of young fast bowlers has won the big prize at the association’s endof-season awards.
Fraser Bartholomew won the De Castro Cup for player of the season, and the Hudson Cup for best bowler, at the awards night earlier this month.
The teenage right-armer was rewarded for a season where he opened the bowling for the H-K rep team consistently.
Bartholomew’s highlight performance was a second-innings spell of 5-25 against Taranaki, which almost allowed his team to defend 64. H-K eventually lost by two wickets.
The Levin-based Horowhenua College student was selected for the Central Districts under-19 side, alongside new-ball partner Liam Pinfold, earlier in the season.
Trent McGrath was awarded the Scia Scia cup for senior men’s batting, while Jamie Pinfold picked up the Bartlett and Willets cup for most improved senior men’s player.
Young left-handed batsman Bailey Te Tomo, who made his full H-K debut this season, won junior player of the year and the under-17 batting trophy, while Caleb O’Connell, who was selected for the CD under-17 team, was awarded the under-17 player of the season and bowling trophies. Ben Watson rounded off the under-17 trophies by winning most improved player.
The H-K under-17 side were awarded the Vince Robinson Cup for team of the year.
Bartholomew’s Levin Old Boys were Senior A T20 and Senior B one-day champions and had been strong in recent times, but the season was dominated by Paraparaumu Cricket Club.
They won the Coastal Challenge, H-K two-day title and the senior A one-day title in three consecutive weeks in late March and early April, as well as snaring the senior B and presidents T20 titles.
Kapiti Old Boys won the premier 2 title, and Otaki Sports Club were the presidents one-day champions.
The event was held at the Basil Netten Cricket Centre. Central Stags pace bowler Navin Patel was the guest speaker at the awards - he talked about his childhood in the UK, his family’s move to New Zealand when he was nine and his breakthrough into the full Stags side.
Fraser Bartholomew and new-ball partner Liam Pinfold. Bartholomew is the reigning H-K cricketer of the year.