THE annual awards dinner of Victoria Cricket Club was held in the Mechanic’s Institute.
Club captain Dave Reiman said how it had been a frustrating season for the first eleven. They made a great start to the league and had some memorable wins but their chances of gaining promotion had been blighted by voided fixtures and long periods without cricket, caused by the weather.
The first eleven award winners were: Batting Averages, David Reiman; Bowling Averages, Jonathon Bunting; Player of the Year, David Reiman; Captain’s Award, Andrew Gray.
Jonathon Bunting was also presented with his Ulster Bank Award for taking 6-23 in a six wicket win away to Cregagh during the season.
Second eleven captain Matthew Parks said his team had a strong finish to the season thanks to a settled team. A consistent batting and bowling line-up had helped them to mid-table. However he felt that they would have finished higher up the league had they been allowed to fulfil their remaining fixtures.
The second eleven award winners were: Batting Averages, Matthew Parks; Bowling Averages, Stephen Johnston; Player of the Year, David McDowell; Captain’s Award, Trevor Marshall.
This eleven captain Joshua Thornbury told of a difficult season. It was a struggle to get out a consistent eleven, leading to a trying season on the pitch. He was also able to point to the positives with new players becoming regulars and bringing fresh enthusiasm as well as the development of some younger players.
The third eleven award winners were: Batting Averages, Stephen Johnston; Bowling Averages, Stephen Girvan; Player of the Year, Ben Johnston; Captain’s Award, Geoffrey Parks.
With all of the individual team awards out of the way the club awards were presented.
Ben Johnston deservedly won the Young Player of the Year award while David Reiman picked up the prestigious Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Clubman of the Year trophy has been renamed in honour of John McClelland, a much loved member and supporter of Victoria, who sadly passed away this summer. Adam McClelland presented this trophy, in memory of his dad, with the first winner being Matthew Parks.
This left only one more regular award to be presented. Garry McClune was awarded the Top Duck accolade for a season which included two Golden Ducks.
Robert Black also presented David Reiman and Jonathon Bunting with a momento to thank them for their great service to the club, Both men have served as first eleven captain with distinction over the last number of years.
Maureen McClelland was also presented with a gift as a token of the club’s thanks for her assistance every Saturday.