The Awards night was an opportunity for senior club members and their partners to celebrate the clubs successes on the field throughout the season which was capped off when the 1st XI won the Arthur J Gallagher Challenge Cup. The 3rd XI also achieved promotion to Junior League 2 and the 5th XI were promoted to Junior League 6 by winning their league.
Attendees heard from former England test cricketer, Geoff Miller, who had everyone enthralled with his cricketing tales and perfectly complimented the night.
Speaking at the Awards Dinner Club Chairman, Ivan McMinn, said: “2016 proved a successful one for our club both on and off the field by winning the Challenge Cup and consolidating a mid table position in the Premier League. With our 5th XI winning their league and the 3rd XI gaining promotion this is demonstrates the strength in our junior teams and that the hard work of the youth coaches and the Academy are paying dividends.
“I’m pleased to see so many club members here tonight and we were thoroughly entertained by Geoff, it was a pleasure to have such a cricketing legend attend our Awards Dinner.”
Throughout the night the Awards were presented with the winners as follows;
Harry McCammon Cup - Club Player of the Year – Chris Elliott
Peter Lunney Clubman of the Year – Colin Andrews
George England Trophy - Young Player of the Year – Matthew Foster
Simon Corlett Cup -1st XI Player of the Year – Jason Van Der Merwe
2nd XI Player of the Year – Jordan Wilson
3rd XI Player of the Year – Robin Johnston
4th XI Player of the Year – Matthew Neill
5th XI Player of the Year – Mikey Smyth
6th XI Player of the Year – Suresh Prattipati
Midweek XI Player of the Year – Johnny Gibson
Player of the Year - Abbi Leckey
Bowler of the Year - Nikhita Gondhia
Batsperson of the Year - Laura Montgomery
All Rounder of the Year - Alison Cowan
Coaches recognition award - Jennie McRoberts
Junior Player of the Year – Matthew Foster
U15 Batsman of the Year – Archie Johnston
U15 Bowler of the Year – Adam Simmonite
U 15 All Rounder of the Year – Rohan Dravid
Academy Player of the Year – Archie Johnston
Most improved player – Alex Armstrong
Batting Awards (Centuries)
Paddy Beverland 111 v Derriaghy, 25 June 2016
James Pollard 121* v Ballymena IV, 25 June 2016
James Pollard 101 v Muckamore III, 3 July 2016
Gareth Thompson 100* v Ards II, 18 June 2016
Johnny Gibson 101* v North Down IV 31 July 2016
Bowling Awards (Five or more wickets in an innings)
Andrew Cowden 5-13 v Derriaghy, 25 June 2016
Colin Andrews 5-57 v Waringstown II, 4 June 2016
Adam Simmonite 6-2 v CIYMS IV, 7 August 2016
The club presented Rahul Gondia with a gift to recognise his remarkable achievement by taking eight wickets for no runs for Campbell College against Dungannon earlier in the season.
An enjoyable night was had by all and with the club’s Academy continuing into the Winter, we are planning more success in 2017.
Geoff Miller (Guest Speaker), Jason Van Merwe, 1st XI Player of the Year, Matthew Foster, Young Player of the Year, Jenny McRoberts, Coaches Recognition Award, Colin Andrews, Clubman of the Year, Chris Elliott, Club Player of the Year and Ivan McMinn (Club Chairman).