ALL ROUND EFFORT: Westlawn all rounder Andrew Firth, centre, picks up the Russ Ellem All Rounder?s Trophy
ALL ROUND EFFORT: Westlawn all rounder Andrew Firth, centre, picks up the Russ Ellem All Rounder?s Trophy

Cricketers go back to the future

By TIM HOWARD

CLARENCE Valley cricket took a look into the future as it celebrated its past season at the Clarence River Cricket Association presentation night on Saturday.

Westlawn all rounder Andrew Firth continued his dominance of the major awards, taking both the 2GF Cricketer of the Year Award and the Russ Ellem All Rounder's Trophy.

South Service's wicketkeeper batsman Matt Hartmann was also a dual award winner, taking out The Daily Examiner Rookie of the Year Award and winning the trophy for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper.

The Westlawn club picked up trophies for the minor and major premierships in premier league and the major title in second grade. South Services won the second grade minor premiership. Coutts Crossing took out the major title in third grade.

CRCA president, Bruce Baxter, who also heads South Services, took great delight in accepting the Club Championship for his club.

In his president's address Baxter confirmed his resignation as president.

But he said he will continue to be available in an advisory role as both the CRCA and the Lower Clarence Cricket Association make moves to combine competitions next season.

Baxter said the amalgamation of the two competitions was vital to the continued improvement of cricket in the region.

He described the current situation of the sport as 'maintenance only' with no growth in player numbers and teams.

This was a theme touched on by other speakers throughout the evening.

There was one new award, the Clarence River District Umpires Sportsman Award, which in its inaugural year went to Westlawn opening batsman Shaun Ulrick, for his 94no in the grand final.By TIM HOWARD

CLARENCE Valley cricket took a look into the future as it celebrated its past season at the Clarence River Cricket Association presentation night on Saturday.

Westlawn all rounder Andrew Firth continued his dominance of the major awards, taking both the 2GF Cricketer of the Year Award and the Russ Ellem All Rounder's Trophy.

South Service's wicketkeeper batsman Matt Hartmann was also a dual award winner, taking out The Daily Examiner Rookie of the Year Award and winning the trophy for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper.

The Westlawn club picked up trophies for the minor and major premierships in premier league and the major title in second grade. South Services won the second grade minor premiership. Coutts Crossing took out the major title in third grade.

CRCA president, Bruce Baxter, who also heads South Services, took great delight in accepting the Club Championship for his club.

In his president's address Baxter confirmed his resignation as president.

But he said he will continue to be available in an advisory role as both the CRCA and the Lower Clarence Cricket Association make moves to combine competitions next season.

Baxter said the amalgamation of the two competitions was vital to the continued improvement of cricket in the region.

He described the current situation of the sport as 'maintenance only' with no growth in player numbers and teams.

This was a theme touched on by other speakers throughout the evening.

There was one new award, the Clarence River District Umpires Sportsman Award, which in its inaugural year went to Westlawn opening batsman Shaun Ulrick, for his 94no in the grand final.



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