David Griffiths with Matthew Webb, winner of the Bill and Val Palmer Award. Picture by Peter Boam.
TOP IW cricket export David Griffiths was the star guest for the IW Cricket Board’s county age group presentation night at Newclose Cricket Ground last night.
The former Hampshire bowler, now signed with Kent, was on hand to make the presentations, which celebrated the successes for all teams, as well as stunning individual performances.
As well as the standard awards for each age group — under-11s, under-13s, under-15s and under-17s — there were also three major awards recognising individual talent and dedication.
The Will Luckett Trophy for contribution off the field went to Ben Baker for scoring for the Island’s under-16s indoor team and the under-17s team through out the year, while the Ann Bryant Memorial Shield for the best young achiever went to Mackenzie Wright for her excellent performance all season.
The Bill and Val Palmer Award for the colt of the year was awarded to Matthew Webb for his enthusiasm, dedication and excellent bowling performances for the under-17s.
For the under-11s, Zeph Wells was named top bowler, while Rory Buckeridge won the top batsman and player of the year awards.
Dan Cox was named under-13s bowler of the year, with John Buckman the top batsman, and Joe Butcher top fielder.
Ben Duggan won the top batsman award for the under-15s, with Kyle Blair winning the bowling award, while for the under-17s, Matthew Webb took the bowling award, Harry Collier was top batsman and Stuart Robertson was top fielder. Their player of the year was Jadon Buckeridge.
Each team was also awarded a prize for their top moment of the season. For the under-11s, it was for their victory against Surrey, where they successfully chased a target of 184. The whole under-13s team was awarded a prize for beating Wiltshire, while Marcus Horton won the golden moment prize for the under-15s for his 98 against Berkshire. Ben Duggan’s 162 off 200 balls against Gloucestershire won him the under-17s prize.