Matthew Brown and Amy Vine both took out the 2016/17 season Club Champion/Players MVP double at the Cricket Presentation Dinner held last Saturday night (April 1). For those that are not fully aware, the Club Champion is awarded to the best player in the 1st XI throughout the season as adjudged by ‘committee’ whereas the Players MVP is voted upon by the players on a 3,2,1 basis each round across every Premier grade team.
Matthew Brown received the Paul Sheahan Club Champion and Players MVP trophies on the back of his 944 run season scored at an average of 52.44 that included three centuries and five half-centuries in 19 innings. Amy Vine topped the 570 run mark averaging a healthy 40.71 that included a 98 and 83 plus 11 other scores over 20 – remembering the women play a half season of T20; add to that her 10 wickets at 28.8, it hardly makes Amy’s selection surprising.
Olivia Downes (386 runs @ 55 and seven wickets) was voted the women’s Thirds Most Valuable Player.
Will Pucovski had an outstanding season on several fronts. His performance whilst captaining the Victorian Metro at the national U.19 championships where he scored a record breaking 560 runs @ 162.5 including four consecutive centuries earned him the Player of the Tournament title. It also saw him awarded the Brian Watson Memorial Award for producing the most outstanding performance by an MCC cricketer. In addition Will received the Youth Cricketer of the Year award sponsored by the MCC XXIX Club that recognised his MCC performances. For the Demons’ 1st XI Will made 435 runs at 108.75, punctuated by his first two 1st XI centuries made in successive rounds (165 v Greenvale Kangaroos and 116 v Prahran).
Alana D’Aquino received the female version of the Youth Cricketer of the Year. The 16 y.o. played a handful of 1st XI matches but demonstrated her talent when making 349 runs at the top of the 2nd XI order, the highlight being her first ever century (105 n.o.) in the penultimate round v Plenty Valley.
Chris Doyle, our 1st X scorer was awarded Best Club Person.
MCC Club XI Players’ of the Season were Andrew Baker (MCC 1) and John Jackson (MCC 2).
Outstanding performer’s in finals matches received trophies (see list below) and the all-conquering women’s 2nds (women’s Premier 2nds T20 title and women’s Premier Reserves One-day Premiers) were duly recognised.
David Crow, who recently retired as an MCC vice-president, was honoured for his service to cricket at the MCC, an association that started as a player 50 years ago and continued as an administrator, committeeman and Chairman of Cricket.
It was also a night where the retirement of the record breaking Andrew Kent was acknowledged. Andrew’s club record 1st XI matches and his run scoring statistics will be forever etched (see below) however Michael Sholly focussed more on his amazing personal attributes that served him so well since he first wore the Melbourne cap for our U.16 Dowling Shield team 20 years ago. Michael’s address and Andrew’s response both received resounding applause from those that had the pleasure to bear witness to.