Mick Blackman, left, presents the Peter Comey Award to Keith Mitchell. Picture by Peter Boam.
CRICKET A NEWPORT stalwart who swapped his bat and pads for a white coat and hat to stay in the game, won the big award at the IW Cricket Board’s annual presentation night at Ryde Cricket Club.
Keith Mitchell was surprised by old friend and fellow umpire Mick Blackman with the Peter Corney Award for services to cricket, at the end of a night which saw all the winning teams and individuals from throughout the season receive their trophies.
Introducing Keith, Mick said: "A lot of youngsters will know him as somebody who stands there and says 'not out’, but he was also a super opening bat and one of the best captains I’ve played under.
"He’s been a one-man club for Newport over about 50 years, and I cannot think of someone more deserving to receive this award."
Keith, 72, who is a vice-president at Newport, a club he joined in 1956, said afterwards: "I didn’t know a thing about it, I’ve seen Mr Blackman quite a lot lately and he never said a word. It was a lovely surprise — I thought my trophy-winning days were over."
All the league trophies were presented while individual awards for batting went to Newport’s Tom Dye, Shanklin’s Mark Ringer, Arreton’s Souvik Sanyal and Godshill’s Steve Thorne.
Bowling awards were won by Newport’s Kevin Winchcombe — who took both leading wicket-taker and averages prizes in Division 2 — and St Helens duo Lee Brown and Marc Allen in Division 1.
Schools’ cricket was also celebrated, with the dominant St Francis Primary, winning all four IW competitions, and Sandown Bay Academy, victorious in a whole host of competitions for boys and girls at differing age groups.
Only one player was present to collect his IW County Press award, Ventnor’s Mark Holmes for bowling.
Mark, 26, has never won the award before, and said: "It was a good season for me this year, it was nice to be able to play all the way through.2
• Full list of award winners in the Friday, December 6, County Press.
• Pictures from our online gallery www.iwcpgallery.co.uk.