Top crick­eters hon­oured at awards

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT - ED GILHOOLY

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 de­vel­op­ment@marl­bor­oughcricket.co.nz

PHOTO: DEREK FLYNN/FAIR­FAX NZ

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