2018/19 Premier League Team of Season
CRCA CRICKET: As the sun sets on the summer of 2018/19 it's time to reveal the CRCA Premier League Team of the Season.
This year the introduction of the North Coast Premier League diminished the player pool somewhat, with Harwood and the cream of the crop at Coutts Crossing lured away to the higher tier competition.
- Harwood claim North Coast grand final victory
- Coutts-Coffs Colts too strong in semi-final on back of Cox ton
- Fahey strikes as Coutts-Coffs Colts trample Diggers
However, I won't delve into the positives and negatives of that situation - the last two paragraphs I published on that topic led to a severe reaction from CRCA president Tim Kinnane, so I'll let that one go through to the keeper in the knowledge that at least it has sparked a much-needed conversation.
In the meantime it gave new players the opportunity to shine and, after an incredible 11 centuries and 22 five-wicket hauls in GDSC Premier League this season, the 2018/19 CRCA Team of the Season includes nine debutants.
With the omission of Harwood's Ben McMahon and Doug Harris, only Jake Kroehnert and Brad Chard remain as players who have featured in all five editions of Northy's CRCA Team of the Year. Meanwhile Matt Dougherty, who featured in the inaugural CRCA Premier League Team of the Season in 2014/15, is the only other player to previously appear in this list.
In a side that includes nine debutants, premiers GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst dominate with five players selected, just three feature from Brothers Clocktower Hotel despite being undefeated minor premiers, there is one each from South Services, GDSC Easts, Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst and Jacaranda Hotel Westlawn while Grafton Hotel Coutts Crossing failed to rate a mention.
NORTHY'S 2018/19 CRCA PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON
(See in depth analysis below)
1. Dylan Cleaver (South Services)
2. Kallen Lawrence (wk) (Brothers)
3. Matt Dougherty (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
4. Jake Kroehnert (c) (Brothers)
5. Andrew Buchanan (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
6. Rohan Hackett (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
7. Tyson Blackadder (Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
8. Shannon Connor (GDSC Easts)
9. Brayden Pardoe (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
10. Brad Chard (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
11. Billy Weatherstone (Brothers)
12. Ben Shipman (Westlawn)
- Check out Northy's 2017/18 CRCA Team of the Season
- Check out Northy's 2016/17 CRCA Team of the Season
- Check out Northy's 2015/6 CRCA Team of the Season
1. DYLAN CLEAVER (South Services)
IN A TRUE coming of age, scored 610 runs at 55.45. Started with 145 in round one and repeated dose with 145 against PLE Tucabia-Copmanhurst in round 12.
In the field for his maiden ton, I head Dylan admit to hitting his first six at senior level. By season's end he had cleared the rope on 15 occasions.
- Cleaver ton puts Souths in driver's seat
- North's defiant stand in face of Cleaver ton avoids outright loss
Honourable mention: Beau Sevil (Brothers) 331 runs at 30.09, HS 67.
Last season: Nathan Ensbey (Harwood).
2. KALLEN LAWRENCE (wk) (Brothers)
IT ALL clicked for the 23-year-old at the start of the season including a maiden Premier League ton in round two. Form subsided after Christmas and failed to convert starts, but already had enough runs on the board to secure an opening spot in this side. Finished with 435 runs at 36.25.
The beneficiary of a disciplined bowling attack took 25 catches to earn the gloves.
Honourable mention: John Martin (GDSC Easts) 292 runs at 18.25, 27 catches.
Last season: Derek Woods (Tucabia).
3. MATT DOUGHERTY (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
RETURNED from a long break due to injury refreshed and more measured in his approach. Known as a cavalier opener, experimented in the middle order and scored both centuries from No.3.
Finished with returns of 398 runs at 33.17 and (only) 12 sixes.
Honourable mention: Tom Kroehnert (South Services) 277 runs at 25.18, HS 45.
Last season: Mark Ensbey (Harwood).
4. JAKE KROEHNERT (c) (Brothers)
UNDEFEATED minor premiership in no small part due to skipper's 513 runs at 46.64, including two 100s and four 50s. Chimed in with 12 wickets at 18.83.
His golden duck in the grand final was the death knell for Brothers.
Honourable mention: Matt Pigg (GIH Tuc-Cop) 277 runs at 46.17, HS 163, 11 wkts at 14.27, 7 catches.
Last season: Jake Kroehnert (Brothers).
5. ANDREW BUCHANAN (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
QUIET achiever revelled in consistency with 354 runs at 39.33, three half-centuries including top score of 66.
Newfound success with legspin yielded 18 wkts at 14.22 to land the spinner's spot.
Honourable mention: Brad Scott (South Services) 22 wkts at 19.18.
Last season: Doug Harris (Harwood).
6. ROHAN HACKETT (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
PLAYER of the season for mine, with the best batting and bowling averages in the league. Aggregate numbers held back only by limited opportunities due to wealth of talented teammates.
For the record, scored 475 runs at 67.86 with a highest score of 143 in the preliminary final against GDSC Easts, and 28 wickets at 7.89, strike rate 18.21, economy rate 2.60, best figures 5 for 8.
Beat Jake Kroehnert for pace in the grand final and hit the winning the runs with a six.
Honourable mention: Mitchell Kroehnert (Brothers) 106 runs at 21.20, HS 49, 15 wkts at 8.93, SR 21.20, ER 2.53, BB 5/19.
Last season: Ben McMahon (Harwood).
7. TYSON BLACKADDER (Phil Lloyd Earthmoving Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
SEES the ball as well as any and bowls a dangerous off-cutter, a real player of the future who dominated the numbers for the second Tucabia team.
Scored 402 runs at 28.71 including a match-winning 93 against South Services which set his team for an unlikely run to the semi-finals. A genunine all-rounder, returned 23 wickets at 23.78.
Honourable mention: Pat Vidler (Westlawn) 299 runs at 18.69, HS 69. 16 wkts at 19.25.
Last season: Brandon Honeybrook (Harwood).
8. SHANNON CONNOR (GDSC Easts)
CAREER best season for the crafty seamer highlighted by spells of 7 for 25, 6 for 25, 6 for 108 and 5 for 69. Bowled a total of 227.2 overs for a return of 49 wickets at 15.14 to carry GDSC Easts into first semi-final appearance since 2012/13.
Also led the team with the bat, with 376 runs at 31.33 including a whopping 23 sixes, and the most catches (9).
- Connor proves point as he tears through Coutts
- Perfect Connor sets sights on Player of the Year gong
- Connor fires warning shots ahead of finals
Honourable mention: Nathan Blanch (Westlawn) 197 runs at 16.42, HS 35, 27 wkts at 18.37, BB 7/39.
Last season: Jacob Ellis (Westlawn).
9. BRAYDEN PARDOE (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
TOOK consistent wickets as part of an all star pace quartet with 23 at average 10.13 and economy rate 24.52. Last time he won a grand final he took five wickets for the Clarence River representative side in the 2014/15 NSW Country Shield Knockout. Rose to the occasion again with 5 for 11 in the big dance.
Honourable mention: Dylan Lucas (Brothers) 14 wkts at 15.36, ER 2.72.
Last season: Chris Adamson (Tucabia).
10. BRAD CHARD (GI Hotel Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
ONCE again led the charge with 40 wickets at 10.48 and economy 2.45 and 7/33 against Westlawn.
Led Tucabia-Copmanhurst to its first Premier League title since 2012/13.
Honourable mention: Jack Weatherstone (Brothers) 24 wkts at 13.92, ER 3.15, BB 5/15.
Last season: Brad Chard (Tucabia).
11. BILLY WEATHERSTONE (Brothers)
FOUND something extra this season with 42 wickets at 9.55 and economy 2.69, and has to count himself desperately unlucky not to earn a cap in the Clarence River representative side.
Took 10 wickets for the match in the major semi-final against Tucabia-Copmanhurst to book a spot in the grand final.
Honourable mention: Chris Adamson (GIH Tuc-Cop) 20 wkts at 12.55, SR 30.00, ER 2.51. BB 5/10.
Last season: Jack Weatherstone (Brothers).
12th: BEN SHIPMAN (Westlawn)
GIVEN an opportunity to establish himself at Premier League level with the bat, and repaid faith with 274 runs at 21.08.
Honourable mention: Layton Pigg (PLE Tuc-Cop) 20 wkts at 19.50; Hugh Cameron (GDSC Easts) 216 runs at 14.40, 9 wkts at 23.33.
Last season: Blake Ryan (Tucabia).
TWENTY20 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
THANKS to the North Coast Premier League and a shake up on the selection panel, it was encouraging to see a greater number of Clarence Valley-based players given an opportunity to play for the Coffs Coast Chargers in the Plan B Regional Big Bash.
The side had its best performance in the competition to date reaching the semi-finals, with former GDSC Premier League products Luke Cox and Doug Harris among those who starred at the SCG.
It is a genuine opportunity for specialists of the format to gain valuable exposure, and while the likes of Brandon Honeybrook and Eli Fahey had limited opportunities to shine on the SCG spotlight, there's always next year.
Meanwhile, Clarence River Cricket Association made the long overdue switch to Twenty20 cricket this season, giving local cricketers a genuine platform to state their case in the shorter format.
Here are the best performers from the 2018/19 Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket season:
1. Michael Summers (Brothers): 173 runs at 43.25, HS 53*.
2. Beau Sevil (Brothers): 128 runs at 21.33, HS 54.
3. Jake Kroehnert (Brothers): 137 runs at 34.25, HS 60*. 5 wkts at 11.20, ER 4.00.
4. Rowan Green (South Services): 112 runs at 28.00, HS 42no.
5. Eli Fahey (c) (Coutts Crossing): 70 runs at 35.00, HS 40, 4 wkts at 8.75, ER 6.00, BB 4/12.
6. Jamie Firth (Brothers): 95 runs at 23.75, HS 26. 4 wkts at 17.50, ER 5.38, BB 17.50. 5 catches.
7. Tyson Blackadder (Tucabia): 55 runs at 18.33, HS 31*, 9 wkts at 10.00, ER 4.29, BB 2/6.
8. Kallen Lawrence (wk) (Brothers): 43 runs at 10.75, HS 28. 7catches, 2stumpings, 3ro run outs.
9. Troy McLaren (Brothers): 9 wkts at 7.89, ER 4.44, BB 4/18.
10. Dylan Lucas (Brothers): 10 wkts at 2.10, ER 2.07, BB 7/10.
11. Linden Harris (South Services): 6 wkts at 11.00, ER 3.50, BB 2/6. 4 catches.
12. Brad Scott (South Services): 10 wkts at 11.70, ER 5.53, BB 5/9.
Also: Layton Pigg (Tucabia), Ben Shipman (Westlawn) to accompany the squad as development players.