James Scott has held of late charges from teammate Tim Graham and yearly Elders Cup performers Luke Armstrong, Matt Stubbs and John Breed to take out the 2019/20 cricketer of the year award.
The Coolac all-rounder, who only played nine regular season games, was a picture of consistency, scoring 301 runs at an average of 43, while also taking 17 wickets at an average of 16.88.
Scott’s ability was well and truly on show in his side’s semi final fixture against Tumut Plains, where he scored 74 while leading Coolac to a big win and a grand final appearance.
Still, Scott was shocked after hearing his name called out as the cricketer of the year.
“Yeah it was a surprise. I honestly wouldn’t of thought I played enough games to challenge and I’m not sure how the votes ended up but it must have been close,” Scott said.
Scott admitted he was happy to win the award, acknowledging the competition had some very good cricketers.
“It’s not an easy award to win. There are a few high quality cricketers in the competition, so yes it is satisfying to win something like that,” Scott said.
The Highwayman, who was also dealing with Coolac’s grand final defeat at the hands of Wyangle, said he would trade it in for the premiership trophy.
“I think everyone’s ultimate goal is to win premierships and I’d take that over any other award but at the same time it’s nice to be acknowledged for some individual performances,” Scott said.
At the presentation made following the grand final at Bull Paddock on Saturday, all other awards were handed out, acknowledging the best and most consistent cricketers across the board.
Wyangle opener John Breed was hands and above the most potent bowler in the competition, winning the bowling aggregate award with 34 wickets and the bowling average award, which was only a slim 9.53.
With the bat, Coolac’s Tim Graham was the batting aggregate award winner, leading the competition with 343 runs for the season at an average of 49.
Stephen Gill, who was a lynchpin for Tumut Plains, won the batting average award, scoring 305 runs at 61, which was by and far and away the highest of any batsman.
Tumut Plains fieldsman, Kevin Keogh, took home one of the most important awards won on the day.
Often fielding very close to the batsman, Keogh took 13 catches for the season, proving that catches do win some matches.
The Elders Cup junior cricketer of the year saw Lotts all-rounder Alex Smith come up trumps, scoring 156 runs at 19.5 and taking 20 wickets at 10.55.
Alex Smith also won the award for most wickets for a player under 21, while fellow Lotts youngster Andrew Smith won the award for most runs for any player under 21, scoring 218 at an average of 31.14.
The Smith’s featuring in the junior awards suggests the future is looking very bright for the Gundagai club.