Seifert, Dodd take major awards at region’s prizegiving
It was a big season for Kaipaki cricketer Natalie Dodd and Waikato Valley’s Tim Seifert, Jake Gibson and Chris Swanson.
The quartet was rewarded for their outstanding achievements at the Northern Districts Cricket Awards held at Skycity Hamilton.
Seifert, who lives in Cambridge and is affiliated to Waikato Valley, took out the ND Cricketer of the Year award.
The ND keeper/batsman was the third highest run scorer in the Plunket Shield, scoring 703 runs at an average of 54, including two centuries, with a highest score of 167 not out v Otago. He also took 26 catches and two stumpings.
In the Burger King Super Smash he was the third highest run scorer in the competition with 323 runs with a strike rate of 146. His NZ record century off only 40 balls against Auckland at the Bay Oval was a highlight in the Knights’ winning campaign. He also took seven catches and three stumpings.
Seifert’s form resulted in his debut with the Blackcaps in the tri-series campaign.
Natalie Dodd once again took home the trophy for the Skycity Hamilton Northern Spirit Player of the Year.
Dodd was the Spirit’s top run scorer in the national women’s one-day competition with 321 runs at an average of 32. She was the sixth highest run scorer in the competition.
In the women’s T20 competition she was the second highest scorer with 257 runs at an average of 36. These efforts, plus her energetic fielding, had her rewarded with selection in the Whiteferns T20 team for the recent series against the West Indies.
Gibson of Te Awamutu took out the McCaw Lewis Lawyers Ma¯ ori Cricket award, presented annually to a player who has performed well for the ND Ma¯ ori team and at District Association level or Northern Districts representative level.
The 20 year old enjoyed a successful Fergus Hickey season, taking 15 wickets, the second highest in the competition, including three, four wicket bags. He also scored a half century against Bay of Plenty.
At the Brian Dunning T20 tournament, he averaged 40 with the bat and took a further seven wickets.
For these all round performances he was rewarded with selection in the ND A team for the final match against Central Districts.
Tainui’s Gibson also participated in matches played by the Northern Ma¯ ori team.
He is a very promising pace bowling all-rounder and an outstanding fielder with a bright future in the game.
Jake was not available to collect his award on the evening. The award was accepted on his behalf by his cousin and previous recipient, Zak Gibson.
Northern Districts initiatives in Ma¯ori cricket, supported by McCaw Lewis Lawyers, aim to retain Ma¯ori players in the game.
The Northern Districts Ma¯ ori men’s and women’s teams play a series of games, Northern Districts organises an annual Ma¯ ori cricket tournament, and it