With Covid-19 forcing an early end to the cricket season and the cancellation of our Cricketer of the Year dinner, we bring you the major award winners for 2019/20.
Secondary Schools Players Player (Boys) – Adithya Ashok
This summer was a big one for Adithya Ashok. The leg-spinner claimed 23 wickets for the Mt Albert Grammar 1st XI on his way to Auckland U19 selection. A solid National tournament ultimately booked Ashok’s trip to the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa. Figures of 3-38 aided victory over Sri Lanka during the side’s semi-final run.
Secondary Schools Players Player (Girls) – Fran Jonas
Left-arm spinner Fran Jonas continues to test her opponents, whether she’s bowling for Baradene College, Cornwall or the Auckland HEARTS. Jonas appeared in 15 matches for the HEARTS this season, including the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Final, when the 16-year old took three crucial wickets and had a hand in two run-outs.
Premier Men’s Club Cricketer of the Year – Will O’Donnell
Will O’Donnell kicked off the summer with a hundred and continued to churn out runs throughout the season. 23 wickets and 23 catches ensured the Takapuna skipper was never far from the action, but it was with the bat that O’Donnell made his biggest contribution. The 22-year old finished averaging over fifty in both the Hedley Howarth Trophy and Jeff Crowe Cup competitions.
Premier Women’s Club Cricketer of the Year – Taofi Lafai
With several changes to the Papatoetoe side over the off-season, Taofi Lafai was given more opportunity and took it with both hands. The all-rounder played several handy knocks throughout the summer, while regularly leading the way with the ball. 16 Prichard Cup wickets, including a best of 5-21, highlighted Lafai’s importance to Papatoetoe in a breakout season.
Carson Cup for Long Volunteer Service – Annette Campbell
Annette Campbell has been the lead scorer at Cornwall for 25 years and is involved at every level when it comes to scoring, from scoring club and representative fixtures, organising scorers for games and developing the next crop of scorers.
Annette is the backbone of this vital component within our community. As a member of the Executive Committee for the Auckland Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association and a board member of the NZC Umpire and Scorers Association, Annette has played a vital role in the development of scorers, both, at the community and domestic level.
Laurie Schnauer Cup for Player’s Player of the Year – Graeme Beghin
This is the second time Graeme Beghin has been awarded this honour by his peers. It was another fine season from the North Shore opening batsman, hitting three centuries, including a defiant 143* against Suburbs New Lynn to salvage an important draw. Beghin finished with an average of 76.83 in the Hedley Howarth Trophy and this award is testament to the way the 30-year old plays the game.
Merv Wallace Bat for Club Coach of the Year – Ian West
Ian West built on last summer’s Jeff Crowe Cup success by leading Parnell to two finals and lifting the Hedley Howarth Trophy. West kept the Peaches focussed after tight defeats in the T20 and 50 Over finals going on to claim Parnell’s first two-day title since 2014/15. With Parnell going as close as any to the treble, it’s no surprise that West claims Club Coach of the Year for 2019/20.
ACES Batsman of the Year – Mark Chapman
Chapman played several memorable knocks in the 2019/20 summer. The left-hander was particularly impressive through the second half of the season, hitting an unbeaten 84 to take the ACES to victory in the Ford Trophy final and twin Plunket Shield hundreds (143 and 146) in a thrilling one-wicket win over Northern Districts. Adding to these excellent performances for the ACES, the 25-year old also notched back-to-back hundreds against the touring India A side.
HEARTS Batsman of the Year – Katie Perkins
Katie Perkins lit up the Super Smash this summer, hitting five fifties on her way to leading the runscorers charts with 485 runs. Whether it was helping set up a winning score or guiding a chase home, Perkins was more often than not the one in the middle getting the job done. Perkins’ feats didn’t stop there, finishing with 329 Hallyburton Johnstone Shield runs at an average of 82.25, including an unbeaten 101 against the Wellington Blaze and a blistering 63 in the Final.
ACES Bowler of the Year – Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson takes out Bowler of the Year after a consistent season with the ball. In a season that has further enhanced Jamieson’s reputation as one of the country’s emerging quicks, the 25-year old showed his ability to pick up important wickets, collecting 23 domestic wickets to go with impressive performances for NZA and the BLACKCAPS.
HEARTS Bowler of the Year – Bella Armstrong
Having set a new record for the best figures in New Zealand List A history (7-18 against Otago Sparks), Bella Armstrong led the way with the ball this summer. At just 20 years of age, Armstrong already has 52 List A wickets to her name and her record 24 50-over scalps in 2019/20 helped the HEARTS lift the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield. A further 8 wickets in the Super Smash, including two in the Final, suggests Armstrong is relishing the challenge of bowling the important overs.
Simmonds and Osborne for Club of the Year – Parnell
After a hotly contested summer of cricket, Parnell are the Club of the Year for 2019/20 after an impressive showing across the board. Starting with the efforts of the Premier Men, who played in two finals and lifted the Hedley Howarth Trophy, through to the Under 12 side, the Orchard had a summer to remember, culminating in a first Simmonds and Osborne Trophy for Parnell since 1992/93.
Umpire of the Year – Wayne Knights
To say Wayne Knights had a busy season would be an understatement. Knights featured in two ICC tournaments (Mentor role at the Under 19 World Cup Qualifier in Japan and at the Under 19 World Cup in South Africa) in addition to Reserve Umpire duties for the New Zealand vs. India series as well as his domestic duties, including the Ford Trophy Final. In between times, Knights found time for four Premier Umpire Workshops for Auckland Cricket.
Coach of the Year – Heinrich Malan and Doug Watson
This year sees joint winners of the Coach of the Year award after Heinrich Malan and Doug Watson shared roles and moulded a successful Ford Trophy campaign. This was the first season of the Malan and Watson coaching combination and the pair had the side competing on all fronts. With a Ford Trophy win, finishing runners-up in the Super Smash and fourth in a disrupted Plunket Shield campaign, Malan and Watson have formed an excellent partnership.
Young Player of the Year – Bella Armstrong
This year, Bella Armstrong took her game to another level. The all-rounder’s consistency with the ball led the way in the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield. Armstrong also impressed with the bat and in the field, notably taking an outstanding catch in the HBJ Shield final. It was a big season for Armstrong and one that continues to push her case for higher honours.
International Player and Auckland Cricket Player of the Year – Kyle Jamieson
There’s no denying it was a breakout season for Kyle Jamieson. The all-rounder returned home to Auckland for his first season in blue and immediately made an impact. Consistent domestic performances put Jamieson in the frame for higher honours and a BLACKCAPS call-up followed for the third test against Australia in Sydney.
A Test Debut would have to wait until India came to town, but Jamieson was ready to take the visitors on, starring in his ODI debut at Eden Park with a crucial 25* and 2-42. Jamieson’s stellar summer didn’t stop there, playing a major role in the BLACKCAPS 2-0 series victory over India, including a maiden five-wicket haul in the second test to claim Player of the Match honours.