Top cricketers honoured at awards
The 2017-18 season was celebrated in fine style last Friday night at the Marlborough Cricket Annual Dinner and awards evening.
Sky Sport presenter Tony Johnson was the guest speaker and he kept the audience well entertained with anecdotes from his career reporting international sport and also from his time playing club cricket for Picton. Martyn Vercoe did an excellent job as MC keeping the evening on track and also entertaining the audience.
The main award of MCA Cricketer of the Year was awarded to Ma’ara Ave who also captured the Knowles Cup for the under-21 player of the year and the Chairman’s Cup for the leading rep run scorer. He scored 367 runs at an average of 52.43 for Marlborough and again represented Central Districts A during another fine season.
Leading rep bowler was Matt McCormick with 19 wickets at an average of 16.58 while there were centuries for Prabodha Arthavidu and Ma’ara Ave plus five wicket bags for Nick Weaver and Matt McCormick.
Marlborough won the Cave Cup at the early season Chapple Cup tournament and the Scanlon/ Stretch Challenge trophy as well as making it through to the Zone 3 final in what assistant coach Colin Wood described as a ‘‘very satisfactory season’’ for the team.
The Queen Carnival Cup for contributions to cricket both on and off the field was awarded to MCA U15 rep coach Richard Moran.
Richard also coached and played for the Wairau Valley third grade side this season and was instrumental in the installation of a new practice net at Tuamarina School. He is a great example of the many volunteers in our region who give up their time to help develop our junior players.
The Greg Stretch medal, chosen by the Marlborough rep players who award points for each game, went to Matt McCormick to cap off an outstanding season for the opening bowler.
The Vern Payne Umpires trophy, chosen by the umpires for good performance and a sporting attitude, went to Renwick’s Corey Bovey.
The Rudd Shield for the club with the highest percentage of wins across all afternoon grades went to Renwick CC which Tony McKenzie was delighted to receive on behalf of the club.
The leading Senior grade batsman was Josh Poole who scored 582 runs at an average of 48.5, while the leading bowler was Matthew Stretch with 33 wickets at an average of 15.73. In second grade the CricHQ MVP trophy went to Jassi Brar of the Celtic Gold team.
So another fine season of cricket was suitably celebrated. Thank you once again to all those parents, coaches and supporters for your contributions this season.
Enjoy your winter sports and remember, junior players can still book coaching sessions over the winter by contacting Artha at the MCA office on 577 9050 or by email to email@example.com