Westlawn’s John Blanch won the bowling award for the season.
Westlawn’s John Blanch won the bowling award for the season.

Valley's Mr Cricket

TUCABIA Blue captain Matt Kroehnert needed a wheelbarrow to carry his trophies home after scooping the pool at cricket’s night-of- nights.

Held at the Grafton District Services Club on Saturday night, the Clarence River Cricket Association (CRCA) Gala evening saw Kroehnert pick up four awards including the 2GF Player of the Year for Premier Grade.

Kroehnert took on the captaincy role for Tucabia Blue prior to the Christmas break after Greg Mears succumbed to a shoulder injury and led from the front with both bat and ball to take out the major award.

For the second season in a row Kroehnert received the batting award after scoring 605 runs.

He also pipped a strong field to be named the Russell Ellem Trophy Premier Grade All-rounder of the Year.

To round off a successful evening Kroehnert - along with nine other first graders - received a trophy for scoring a century with an unbeaten 124 not out.

CRCA vice-president Jeff Hackett said the night went off without a hitch.

“It was the best presentation night for a long time. We had over 120 people in attendance...it was absolutely an excellent evening,” Hackett said.

“Almost all trophy winners were in attendance which was pleasing to see.”

Other major award winners were Easts Green’s Darren Fish, who took out the highest batting average with 62.29, and evergreen Chris Adamson being named Representative Player of the Year.

Rookie of the Year was awarded to Coutts Crossing’s young bowling sensation Brad Chard with Westlawn’s Pat Vidler named Second Grade Player of the Year and Easts Green’s Ashley Semitecolos Third Grade Player of the Year.

There were no surprises when the Bowling Award was announced with Westlawn’s John Blanch taking an astonishing 50 wickets for the season.

The Neil Payne Encouragement Award for the junior player in first grade went to Tucabia’s opening batsman Sam Barnier.

Hackett said the evening proved cricket in the Clarence is alive and well and he expects the game to thrive even more next season.

“We had 23 senior teams this season and next season we hope to improve on that...the problem is we need more grounds,” he said

“The junior competition continued to attract players and the 10-16 age groups were very strong.”

All the winners Premier Grade Player of the Year

Matt Kroehnert (Tucabia Blue)

Rookie of the Year

Brad Chard (Coutts Crossing)

Batting Award

Matt Kroehnert (Tucabia Blue)

Bowling Award

John Blanch (Westlawn)

All-rounder of the Year

Matt Kroehnert (Tucabia Blue)

Highest batting average

Darren Fish (Easts Green)

Second Grade Player of the Year

Pat Vidler (Westlawn)

Third Grade Player of the Year

Ashley Semitecolos (Easts Green)

Neil Payne Encouragement Award



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