Daley takes Examiner trophy
NEW faces, new challenges are the hallmarks of a vibrant, fresh cricket competition.
Named CRCA Player of the Year for the third time on Saturday night, Matt Pigg stressed the importance of seeing new blood in the Premier League.
"It's good to come up against new players," Pigg said.
"You don't know what they do and they don't know what you do, it takes a couple of seasons to really figure them out."
The role of the media is to report on change and that is why it is fitting The Daily Examiner presents the annual Rookie of the Year Award for a player in their first full season in the CRCA Premier League.
Every leading player, no matter how familiar to our pitches, once walked out sight unseen on our cricket pitches, took guard and marked the start of things to come.
Often won by a teenage up-and-comer, this year the award went to Harwood's Daley Durrant, who turns 29 today.
An appreciative recipient, Durrant breathed new life into Harwood's attack, including taking 5-52 off 18.3 overs in the grand final, in his first season in the valley.
"It's my first trophy in a while. Time to dust off the old TV cabinet," Durrant said.
"Haven't won one for five or six years since playing soccer in England."
Durrant attended the CRCA Presentation Night at Grafton District Services Club after playing for Maclean Bobcats in North Coast Football.
It was Durrant's skill as a footballer that put cricket on the backburner for several years before he returned to the game this season.
As a junior, cricket almost became Durrant's sport of choice as he played at a high level in South Australia and Queensland and attended spin bowling camps run by Shane Warne and Tim May.
"I started off as an opening bowler," he said.
"But I used to copy Shane Warne in the backyard and then someone said you've got the knack and I just got into it."
Club Champions: Westlawn
Player of the Year: Matt Pigg (Tucabia)
Rep Player of the Year: Brendan Cleaver (257 runs, 9 wickets)
Encouragement Award: Huey Cameron (Westlawn)
Neil & Coral Frame Shield: Tucabia-Copmanhurst
Batting Average: Tim Blackadder (Tucabia) 62.8
Keeper Dismissals: Lewis Chevalley (Souths) 29
Most Catches: Brendan Cleaver (Souths) 14
Spin Bowler of the Year: Chris Cleaver (Souths)
Major Premiers: Harwood
Minor Premiers: Tucabia-Copmanhurst
Daily Examiner Rookie of the Year: Daley Durrant (Harwood)
Player of the Grand Final: Daley Durrant
Most wickets: Nathan Blanch (Westlawn) 45
Leading Runs: Doug Harris (Easts) 654
Russ Ellem Trophy (1st Grade All-Rounder): Matt Pigg
Major Premiers: Tucabia-Copmanhurst
Minor Premiers: Brothers
Player of the Year: Ryan Spies (Easts)
Most wickets: Billy Blanch (Tucabia) 30
Leading Runs: Ryan Spies 592
All-Rounder: Ryan Spies
Major Premiers: GDSC Easts Red
Minor Premiers: Coutts Crossing
Player of the Year: Nick Harris (Easts)
Most wickets: Andrew Cahill (Westlawn) 37
Leading runs: Tim Blackadder 628
All-Rounder: Nick Harris