ACA Cricketer of the Year Awards 2017/18


ACA Cricketer of the Year Awards 2017/18

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Auckland Cricket Association Cricketer of the Year Awards 2017/18

This week Auckland Cricket had its awards evening where the achievements over the past season were recognised.

These are the pinnacle awards for club and representative cricket from the 2017/18 season.


Representative Honours

AUCKLAND ACES First Class Debut Players:

#513 Matt McEwan v Wellington at the Basin Reserve, 23 October 2017

#514 Danru Ferns v Otago at Eden Park Outer Oval, 7 November 2017

#515 Ben Lister v Otago at Eden Park Outer Oval, 7 November 2017

#516 Stuart Meaker v Northern Districts at Eden Park Outer Oval, 1 March 2018

#517 Jamie Brown v Northern Districts at Eden Park Outer Oval, 1 March 2018

#518 Finn Allen v Central Districts at Eden Park Outer Oval, 9 March 2018

#519 Louis Delport v Wellington at Eden Park Outer Oval, 2 April 2018



#259 Maia Bouchier v Otago at Melville Park, 24 November 2017

#260 Emma Fulbrook v Otago at Melville Park, 26 November 2017



Mark Chapman – v England at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 13 February 2018

Lauren Down – v West Indies at Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln, 4 March 2018


Domestic Awards

Ford Trophy (One-Day) – Auckland Aces

Hallyburton Johnstone Shield (One-Day) – Auckland Hearts


Representative Coach of the Year Award


Mark O’Donnell (Auckland Aces)

Dean Flyger (Auckland Hearts)

Hayden Gardner (Auckland U17s)

Winner – Dean Flyger

After a couple of retirements, Auckland Hearts coach Dean Flyger took a step into the unknown this season fielding a different look side for 2017/18. It’s an endorsement to his coaching ability and skill that the Hearts didn’t miss a beat this season winning the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and finishing runners up in the Women’s T20 competition. A well liked and equally respected member of the Auckland Cricket family, Dean Flyger.


Batsman of the Year – Women


Maddy Green

Maia Bouchier

Lauren Down

Winner – Maddy Green

After taking on the captaincy for the Auckland Hearts this season, Maddy Green stood up with the bat. She scored 384 runs in the One-Day competition at an average of 54.85 including four half centuries while also featuring prominently in the T20’s. It wasn’t so much the volume of runs for Maddy but the manner in which she scored them; often seeing her side home with a true ‘captain’s knock’.


Batsman of the Year – Men


Mark Chapman

Robert O’Donnell

Glenn Phillips

Winner – Mark Chapman 

Mark Chapman came of age this year with a memorable season at the batting crease culminating in his call up to the national side. Mark scored 307 runs in BK Super Smash striking at an impressive 171 including a swashbuckling century against the Kings at Hagley Oval. Chappy backed up his T20 heroics with an amazing Ford Trophy campaign scoring two centuries at an average of 80 topping the run scoring charts – Chapman first and daylight second. A gentleman on and off the field, Mark Chapman.


Bowler of the Year – Women


Holly Huddleston

Bella Armstrong

Anna Peterson

Winner –  Holly Huddleston

It was a year to remember with the ball for Holly Huddleston as she impressed in both the One-Day and T20 campaigns for the Hearts. Holly topped the charts in the Hallyburton Johnstone shield claiming 21 wickets for the season at an amazing average of just 11.19. Known as a gritty, determined bowler who doesn’t give an inch, many of her Hearts team mates agree, they would rather be playing with Holly than against her!


Bowler of the Year – Men


Matt McEwan

Tarun Nethula

Ben Lister

Lockie Ferguson

Winner – Matt McEwan 

In his first season with the Auckland Aces pace bowler Matt McEwan has made a real impression with the ball. With an Aces high total of 36 wickets in the Plunket Shield McEwan was always on hand to change the game when his Skipper needed him. That was no more evident when he claimed the first ever hat trick on Eden Park (inside and out) against Northern Districts in March. A valued team mate and affectionately known as ‘Pro’.


Auckland Cricket Young Cricketer of the Year


Ben Lister

Jamie Brown

Lauren Down

Bella Armstrong

Winner – Ben Lister

In a new look bowling attack for the Auckland Aces this season, Ben Lister quickly positioned himself as a vital cog among the bowling group. Ben took 28 First-Class wickets at an impressive 19.39 while he was also handy in the BK Super Smash with 13 wickets at an average of 21. One significant highlight for Ben this season was taking his maiden five-wicket haul (5-29) against an ND side that included names such as Flynn, Watling and some bloke called Williamson.


Auckland Umpire of the Year


Chris Brown

Wayne Knights

Diana Venter

Winner: Chris Brown

Chris has had regular appointments at domestic and international level for men’s ODI & T20s. He was also appointed to a world cup qualifier in Zimbabwe and the women’s world cup in UK. Chris, thank you for all your efforts this season and we look forward to watching you progress in the seasons to come.


International Cricketer of the Year

It is an achievement to represent Auckland, it is always an honour when you get the international call up.  A sign that your hard work is paying off, that the many hours in the nets and out in the middle have been noticed by the National Selectors. We now take the time to recognise those with notable achievements.


Colin Munro

Martin Guptill

Holly Huddleston

Colin de Grandhomme


Winner – Colin Munro

Colin Munro is no stranger to the international game with over seven years wearing the silver fern. 2017/18 was another special year for Colin as he once again proved himself as one of the most destructive batsmen in World cricket. He became the first player to score three T20 international centuries after his blistering 104 off just 53 balls against the West Indies at Mount Maunganui. Colin’s statistics back up what we already know, his T20 strike rate is among the World’s best while he hits a boundary every 4.72 balls in T20I’s – who would want to be a bowler!?

Colin is also forming a formidable opening partnership with fellow Aucklander Martin Guptill and I’m sure all of us here tonight want to see more of Colin Munro as the BLACKCAPS prepare for another shot at the World Cup.


School Awards

Secondary School Girls Players Player

Winner: Lexy Bassett      

Captain of the Baradene Girl’s First XI, Lexy Bassett receives the award tonight having played in the side for going on five years. A genuine all-rounder who has been described as the ‘heart and soul’ of her side, Lexy is respected by team mates and opposition alike. A season highlight was her 87* off 31 balls against Dio, a ‘captain’s knock’ that guided her team to victory. Your Secondary School Girls Players Player – Lexy Bassett.


Secondary School Boys Players Player

Winner: Lucas Dasent

St Peter’s College First XI Captain Lucas Dasent is a well-respected and equally talented school boy cricketer with a serious future in the game. He has been a prominent figure in the Auckland age-group teams and a member of the Developing Junior Aces programme. Lucas embodies characteristics of respect and humility both on and off the field, ladies and gentlemen your Secondary School Boys Players Player – Lucas Dasent.


Special Achievement Awards


This season Colin Munro achieved a world first in scoring three T20 International centuries. Each century was scored at a rapid pace that underpins Colin’s explosive batting power. All three centuries were scored in less than 60 balls – two of them this season, against India and more recently the West Indies.

To recognise this achievement Auckland Cricket would like to present Colin with a commemorative bat displaying those three fantastic scores.



A loyal servant of Auckland and New Zealand, opening batsman Tim McIntosh.

Tim made his First-Class debut for Auckland in the 1998/99 season enjoying a career that spanned over 16 years. Tim built a reputation as a gritty, determined opening batsman and can boast an incredible 7169 First-Class runs including 19 centuries and 33 half centuries.

Throughout the early 2000’s, Tim’s consistency at the top of the order stood out; regularly amongst the season’s leading run scorers. In December 2008, he got his chance at the highest level against the West Indies and in the second Test scored the first of his two Test centuries.

For a man who has played at the highest level, Tim remains very humble and understated.

In later years, he regularly turned out for his beloved Parnell Cricket Club, a real buzz for the Premier players there.

He would happily impart his knowledge and experiences of the game to the next generation of cricketers and was very much part of the team.



Long serving Auckland Hearts Manager Sue Borich has been with the team for an amazing nine seasons. Sue has rode the highs and lows with the Hearts, offering a comforting word when a chase didn’t quite go to plan… but also there like a proud mother when ‘her girls’ claimed back-to-back titles!

In her time, Sue has worked with five coaches – Maia Lewis, Katrina Keenan, Haidee Tiffen, Elfriede Chooi and most recently Dean Flyger. It’s the words of Dean that really do sum up what Sue Borich is all about.

“Sue is the heart within the Hearts, she is a special person that makes my job as coach easy, it’s just fantastic to have her around.”

The Hearts players echo the sentiments of Dean with many of the girls very sad to see Sue go – “it just won’t be the same without her”.

Sue, we want to thank you for your years of service, time, love and dedication to the Auckland Hearts. Throughout your time you consistently went over and above for ‘your girls’ and we at Auckland Cricket are truly thankful for the commitment you have shown to the team.

As the girls say, it won’t be the same without you but we hope to see you out around the boundary sometime in the future.


Club Awards

CARSON CUP – Volunteer of the year

Winner – Steven Pleciak – North Shore Cricket Club


Steven Pleciak has been active in the North Shore junior club for a number of years and the junior chair for many years, as such he also sits on the board. Steven gives freely of his time to keep the junior club running and has given up days of work to be at the junior world series. He is now involved in the club of origin running his team this year. He is often seen on Saturday’s at either Westlake Boys cricket or coaching/umpiring junior teams. Clubs can’t operate without dedicated volunteers like Steven who commit year after year to ensure continuity. Steven has proven to be a very worthy recipient of the Carson Cup this season, Auckland Cricket and the North Shore Cricket Club thank Steven immensely for his unwavering service.



“The Simmonds and Osborne Trophy is the symbol of club supremacy in Auckland. Dating back over a hundred years, it rewards the club that has performed best across all grades at every age level. Every club has their team performances from Premier to junior cricket assessed to find the overall winner.”


Winner – Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club

It has been a dominant 2017/18 season for the men, women, boys and girls wearing the maroon of Howick Pakuranga. All throughout the grades, the Howick Pak sides have featured – from the ‘Year 8 McClenaghan’ team who won their pre-Christmas competition all the way through to the Premier Men’s side claiming the Hedley Howarth two-day championship. The Hedley title was particular sweet for the club having waited 26 years to finally taste two-day success again!




Maddy Green

Mark Chapman

Holly Huddleston

Matt McEwan

Ben Lister

Colin Munro


Winner –  Holly Huddleston

‘Consistency’ is a great word to describe the 2017/18 season for Holly Huddleston. She topped the charts with the Hearts in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield claiming 21 wickets for the season at an amazing average of just 11.19. This culminated in her winning the Phyl Blackler Cup for the best domestic bowler of the season at the NZC awards last week.

But it wasn’t just her bowling that came to the fore for Auckland, Holly was a consistent performer with the bat scoring valuable middle order runs throughout the season, working with a young batting lineup. Internationally Holly has performed exceptionally well for the WHITEFERNS and is fast becoming one of the Premier strike bowlers within that team, her ODI bowling average of 20.10 really does speak for itself.

Auckland Cricketer of the Year – Holly Huddleston.