Seifert, Dodd take ma­jor awards at re­gion’s prize­giv­ing

Waipa Post - - Crime Line -

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

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