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Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Association president pleased with 2020/21 season

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BY JEM ANSHAW

Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Association president Peter Cooper said the important take away from the 2020/2021 season was that they were still able to take to the pitch after his tireless efforts behind the scenes.

“To get a full season in this year for and the kids to be able to play has been a huge relief,” he said at the recent presentation night.

In the local competition the 17’s were due to play in the grand final that was cancelled due to wet weather so they finished second based on end-of-season score.

Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Association present one player each season with the Gary Ballard ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award. The 2020/2021 recipient was Abdul-Rahmaan Jawaad, pictured with club president Peter Cooper.

The 15’s were knocked out in the semi-final, and the 13’s and 11’s were eliminated just before the semi-finals which Peter said is a great result for the club.

As for representative cricket the 17’s combined with Singleton and Cessnock to form the Coalfields team and the 13’s side from Muswellbrook just missed out on making the cut for their competition.

A number of junior players have also stepped up this season to play with the Muswellbrook Senior Cricket sides in a move that Peter said has been very impressive.

“To see the involvement and the transition is really good, we have some really good young juniors who have stood out in the junior rep level as well,” Peter said.

“Two of our juniors actually played in the second senior side that won the A reserve grand final this year, so that was a massive achievement for them.

“One of the boys opened for bowling with his spin bowling and the other was wicket keeper so they are an integral part of the team, not just there to make up numbers.”

It has already been flagged that there will be some changes to the format of the local junior cricket moving forward, and one of the changes will be that Peter himself will not be on the committee.

Not wanting to make a fuss he mentioned that after around eight years on the committee he will be stepping down but will see one last year with his son at the club before shifting full focus to Muswellbrook Senior Cricket.

 

WINNERS


Happy Tooth Muswellbrook under 11s

Coaches Award – Sami Fride

Most Improved – Samveer Brar

Batting Encouragement – Harrison O’Donnell

Bowling Encouragement – Samuel Jackson

Gary Ballard ‘Spirit of Cricket’ award – Abdul-Rahmaan Jawaad

 

Pirtek Muswellbrook under 13s

Most runs and best average – Campbell Deakin 114 (22.80)

Most wickets – Campbell Smith 5 (22.80)

Coaches award – Campbell Smith

Most improved – Campbell Deakin and Flynn Snewin

 

Healthsave Pharmacy Muswellbrook under 15s

Most runs – Hayden Deakin 99

Batting average – Cooper Gageler 33.00

Most wickets – Deacon Eriksson 8

Bowling average – Cooper Gageler 3.67

Coaches award – Jed Baker

Most improved – Miraj Jawaad

 

Osborn’s Transport under 17

Most runs – Cooper Gageler 158

Batting average – Hayden Deakin 52

Most wickets and average – Andrew Cooper 7 (18.86)

Players player – Thomas Lanyon

 

Mycricket awards

Five wicket haul – Deacon Eriksson 5/1

Fielder of the Year – Emmet Turner – 7 catches, 1 run out

Batting partnerships above 50 runs – Alex Blayden and Andrew Cooper (79 runs), Dylan Webster and Cooper Gageler (76 runs)

Players who have exceeded 100 games for Muswellbrook – Cooper Gageler (135), Andrew Cooper (111)

Representative player of the year – Andrew Cooper

Club Champion for 2020/2021 – Hayden Deakin

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