It has become a habit of mine to put together a Team Of The Year for the Presentation Night each season. As I did not attend this season I had not done so, but after some gentle persuasion I have now complied that team. As always, there are a number of people who may feel miffed that they missed out. Let it be known that I miss out every year...
Dale Scifleet (vc)
416 runs at 26.00. Highest score 94. 3 half centuries.
25 wickets at 9.44. Best 4/8.
season has been adequately summed up in previous responses. Though he
probably did not quite go on with his season as he would have liked
following the New Year break, his figures are still mighty impressive.
He became the man everyone in the Club looked up to in regards to
putting runs or wickets on the board, which proves how highly he has
become regarded. One of four genuine all-rounders chosen in this
348 runs at 21.75. Highest score 91*. 1 half century.
was once again a season unfulfilled, where he was unable to
emphatically put results on the board that would once and for all stake
his claim as a class 1st Grade batsman. Again he got starts, only to
have them frittered away by strange shot selection. Occasionally he was
filmed for television in the middle of one. He began the season in 1st
Grade's middle order, which simply doesn't suit his character. A short
stint in 2nd Grade saw him re-elevated toward the end of the season,
where he again made starts without capitalising on them. He and Dale
still comprise Kiama's best opening partnership, and hopefully next
season will prove to be the real awakening of the Hartgerink talent.
Matt Meurant (c)
334 runs at 23.86. Highest score 74. 1 half century.
25 wickets at 11.52. Best 5/14. 1 5WI.
initial season with Kiama turned into a successful one on a personal
level, when he picked up the John Watts Medal, and had a successful
all-round season. He should also feel pleased with the way the younger
cricketers in the Club have responded to his leadership. Matt was also
influential in giving his young charges more responsibility, to which
most responded well. Kiama need a strong presence in the top order of
the batting to both stabilise and dominate, whatever the match
situation. Though personally it would be better to see Matt performing
this job batting at three, his stated preference is four. After a
successful return to the game last season, his next season should make
336 runs at 37.33. Highest score 87. 1 half century.
stated intention at the 2004-05 Presentation Night was to “come back
next season and show everyone exactly what I can do”. While he may not
have done that to his satisfaction, he certainly had some of the younger
members in the Club in awe at his stroke play. While Sav was still
unable to open his 1st Grade run account (2 matches, 2 ducks over 2
seasons), he played some impressive cricket again during the summer,
dominating most 2nd Grade attacks without actually going on to make lots
of big scores. With Sav being posted elsewhere over the winter, lets
hope we haven't seen the last of his flashing blade. And Sav wielding
394 runs at 21.89. Highest score 75. 3 half centuries.
3rd Grade captain had yet another consistent season with the bat,
though this season Jeff batted a lot more up the order than has been the
case in recent times. Jeff continues to be one of the most consistent
cricketers in the Club, having made this team all but one of the years
it has been chosen. Once again he chose times when the team was in
trouble to shine the most. His respect within the Club is universal
amongst the Grades, as is his competitive nature. Though naturally
disappointed at not snaring that elusive 3rd Grade premiership, he will
hopefully back up again for another crack next season.
325 runs at 23.21. Highest score 53. 2 half centuries.
a guy whose ambition at the start of the season was to play a few games
in 3rd Grade, John has only himself to blame for not even seeing one
game there. Displaying all the natural talent that was the whisper
around the Club, John was in 1st Grade before December and played out
the season there. His ability to play to the situation required was
uncanny. He proved far too good for 2nd Grade attacks, and by the end of
the season was doing the same thing to 1st Grade attacks. If he had
been able to steer clear of problems with umpires, who knows what he may
have achieved! With luck, John will return next season with the same
426 runs at 32.77. Highest score 65*. 3 half centuries.
54 wickets at 8.98. Best 6/47. 3 5WI. 1 10WM.
was one of the best all-round season's ever seen in 3rd Grade for
Kiama. More importantly, when the crunch came, he performed. His 65 not
out in the semi-final's first innings rescued the team from disaster,
and put them into a position from which they never surrendered. He then
turned on the finest display of bowling in his career, taking ten
wickets on the second day of the final to almost snatch victory from the
jaws of defeat. There is little doubt that for the sake of his own
cricket he must now be given an extended spell in 2nd Grade, in order to
utilise his ability to the greater good.
169 runs at 18.78. Highest score 64. 1 half century.
34 wickets at 11.78. Best 6/13. 2 5WI.
belated arrival in the higher Grades, Mick had an excellent first up
season in 2nd Grade that should see him progress even further in the
near future. Mick's batting on turf has not yet developed from the play
usually seen on astro turf, and will be something he will be looking to
improve upon next season. His nagging accuracy with the ball, however,
was tailor made for turf, and he reaped the rewards. Though a natural
leader, and one people are already looking at to captain again, one
hopes he is given the opportunity to develop his cricket further first
before being handed the reigns of captaincy once again.
Ben King-Gee (WK)
141 runs at 14.10. Highest score 37.
22 catches and 4 stumpings.
have made so much advancement from the beginning of the season, and yet
still have so much improvement in him is something that probably only
Ben himself can fix. He undoubtedly has the best hands in the Club. I am
not scared to say that he is one of the three best keepers I have
bowled to, and yet he still needs to remove the laziness from his
keeping. Toward the end of the season he finally began to show the
talent he has as a batsman, and yet he still needs to concentrate more
on the task at hand. No one impressed me more nor frustrated me more
this season gone than Ben King-Gee. His future is in his hands. How hard
he wants to work will determine how far he goes.
106 runs at 11.78. Highest score 56*. 1 half century.
34 wickets at 11.44. Best 4/24.
leaps and bounds this young kid has made last season is a joy. With so
little Grade cricket behind him, Cooky quickly found himself taking the
new ball in 3rd Grade, and holding onto it for the entire season. Matt
is a real old fashioned slinger who, on closer inspection, looks to have
room to improve his pace substantially in the next couple of seasons.
He has impressed all who have watched him, and figures for his first
season are phenomenal. Not only that, he scored a miraculous 56 not out
from number eleven during the season. Add it all up, and it looks like
we have a real star of the future on our hands.
21 runs at 5.25. Highest score 9*
33 wickets at 15.03. Best 5/13. 3 5WI.
has probably outplayed just about every other player in the Club this
season. By being thrust into the Club's number one spinner role at such a
tender age and experience, he was placed under an enormous amount of
pressure. Countering that, he came out and took 33 wickets in the
season, and was 1st Grade's highest wicket taker for the season. Not
only that, but his batting has improved to the stage where he is not
just a token wicket – he is a batsman that has to be dismissed.
Elliott said two years ago that Matt O'Brien would be a 1st Grade wicket
taker, but even he could not have expected OB's rapid rise and
development. With this season under his belt, the sky is the limit for
the Club's favourite leg spinner.
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