Tumut Plains and Adelong may not have featured in the 2020/21 Elders Cup decider at The Bull Paddock on Saturday, but that didn’t stop their players dominating the end of season awards ceremony held immediately after the grand final.
Plains opener, Luke Armstrong, took out the top award of cricketer of the year with 1187 points, edging teammate and captain, Stephen Gill, who finished with 1043 points, while Adelong’s Tate O’Donovan, was third with 1026 points.
Armstrong was an important player for Tumut Plains and it what was another strong season for him, where he scored 411 runs and took 13 wickets.
Still, he was a little surprised to win the award.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” Armstrong said.
“The accolade is great and all, and I felt like I had a good season, but to be honest, it could have been better.”
Despite the recognition, Armstrong said the awards weren’t why he played, instead shifting focus to his club side, who missed the grand final by one game.
“It’s never about playing for yourself. It’s all about playing for the team,” Armstrong said.
“I thought we had a good season; we could have been better. We fell out of finals last week, but the future is looking good.
“We’ve got cricketer of the year and junior cricketer of the year as well. It’s an exciting point of time for us to have both in one team.”
The junior cricketer of the year was 14-year-old Callum Rossiter, who took up the new ball for Plains, taking 17 wickets and scoring 78 runs.
“100% he deserved it,” Armstrong said.
“He is a very good cricketer. I would love to see him in a few years. He is only 14, when he is 16, he is going to be fantastic.
“He can bowl now but it will be awesome to see him with a bit more strength and height and I’m really excited to see what he can bring.”
In other Elders Cup end of season awards, Adelong players dominated, with Tate O’Donovan taking out batting aggregate, Luke Berkrey atop the batting averages and Jordy Maher taking both the bowling aggregate and bowling average awards.
Plains captain, Stephen Gill was the leading fielder this year with nine catches, while in the junior awards, Family’s Clayton Smith scored the most runs, and Coolac’s Tom Sharman won the under 18s most wickets award, taking 17 and edging Callum Rossiter and Thomas Ferguson on averages.