The curtain was drawn on the Finley Cricket Club season recently with the annual presentation night held at the Finley RSC.
In front of a good crowd of players, partners, sponsors and supporters, Daniel McHugh capped off a great season to win the Gary Redmond Memorial Trophy for the Premier Cricketer of the Year.
In a stirring count, the talented all-rounder led from the start polling a total of 18 votes, in nine of the 14 games for the season. He earnt maximum votes in three of those fixtures.
McHugh led by a narrow margin all night with Daniel Hibberd, Russell Stockdale and Chris Shaw all nipping at the imports heels.
In a remarkable finale, the three senior members of the team finished tied for second on 16 votes each.
It capped a great season for McHugh who made a brilliant century and was named in the MVCA Team of the Year alongside teammate Daniel Hibberd.
Hibberd narrowly won the batting average award over McHugh with that award going right down to the final game of the season.
Hibberd’s unbeaten century against CYU ultimately got the opening bat over the line in that award.
Premier captain Chris Shaw dominated the bowling award taking 30 wickets at an average of 15.67. This included a 10-wicket haul against Cobram in the last game of the year.
Russell Stockdale also snared a five-wicket award for his 5/22 against Barooga.
The captain’s award was presented to Darcy Webb for a great season as an opening bowler.
In Division Two the Cricketer Award count was dominated by Anthony King who won the award with 18 votes.
He finished five votes clear of James Midson on 13 who came with a rush at the end but was ultimately denied by heat outs and forfeits.
King also took out the batting award while Paul Massingham snared 13 scalps to take out the bowling award.
The Captain’s award was awarded to Damon Anderson.
The Club Person of the Year award was the last presentation of the night and was awarded to Matt Whitty for his hard work on the pitch and grounds as well as his efforts in managing the Finley hosted games of the Australian Schools Sports U12s Championships in January this year.
It was a great conclusion to the season and already preparations are underway for what will be another challenging season in 2018/19.