CRICKET: 2016/17 CRCA Team of the Season
AFTER another gruelling summer of cricket, the Clarence Valley's brightest stars will be recognised tonight at Clarence River Cricket Association's annual presentation dinner at the Grafton District Services Club.
Despite comfortably winning another minor premiership, this season saw Harwood's three-year reign come to an end at the hands of Brothers in the GDSC Premier League grand final.
The win at Ellem Oval came on the back of opener Billy Kerr's 108. But despite his heroics, an otherwise lean season with the bat saw the 2015/16 CRCA Cricketer of the Year narrowly miss out on selection in Northy's 2016/17 CRCA Premier League Team of the Season.
- Stoic Kerr digs deep to deliver premiership to Brothers
- Wily veteran sheds a tear on Premiership victory
- Northy's 2015/16 CRCA Team of the Season
Despite finishing fourth after losing a third minor semi-final in a row to Tucabia-Copmanhurst, Coutts Crossing boasts the most players in the side with four (*1). It was a much improved overall effort statistically from Coutts, who finished the regular season equal second with Brothers on 55 competition points and missed out on a major semi-final berth by a mere 0.0448 quotient points.
Coutts also turned the tables on Harwood to win their first Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket title after surrendering the trophy to Harwood the previous two years.
Harwood (5) have three players, two each from Brothers (3) and Tucabia-Copmanhurst (1), one from GDSC Easts (0) and none from Westlawn (0). South Services (2) did not field a Premier League side in 2016/17.
* Last season in brackets
NORTHY'S 2016/17 CRCA PREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON
(See in depth analysis below)
1. Nathan Ensbey (Harwood)
2. Luke Cox (wk) (Coutts Crossing)
3. Michael Summers (Brothers)
4. Ben Hill (GDSC Easts)
5. Jake Kroehnert (c) (Brothers)
6. Ben McMahon (Harwood)
7. Doug Harris (Harwood)
8. Brad Chard (Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
9. Chris Adamson (Tucabia-Copmanhurst)
10. Adam Elliott (Coutts Crossing)
11. Zac Page (Coutts Crossing)
12th Man: Eli Fahey (Coutts Crossing)
The quartet of Jake Kroehnert (Brothers), Ben McMahon (Harwood), Doug Harris (Harwood) and Brad Chard (Tucabia) have now been named in all three editions of Northy's Team of the Year.
1. NATHAN ENSBEY (Harwood)
WE SCRAMBLED for the record books when Ensbey notched up 434 runs before Christmas. Despite a leaner latter half he was still the leading run scorer with 644 at 49.54. His high score of 158 came when Harwood piled on 1(dec) for 289 against GDSC Easts. Also scored 97 against Brothers. A handy slipper, took 11 catches.
Honourable mention: Lachlan Johnson (Harwood) 272 runs at 30.22, HS 101.
Last season: Tom Kroehnert (Souths).
2. LUKE COX (wk), (Coutts Crossing)
THE 23-year-old realised his potential with a personal best season of 502 runs at 38.62 including first career century, 123 against Harwood. Finished season with three 50s in a row and 48 in semi-final. A solid gloveman, took 18 catches. Also took 10 wickets at 15.60 with part-time offspin.
Honourable mention: Billy Kerr (Brothers). 345 runs at 34.50, HS 108, 14 catches.
Last season: Billy Kerr (Brothers).
3. MICHAEL SUMMERS, (Brothers)
RETURNED to the game with a bang, smashing 144 in round one. Finished with 506 runs at 46.00, including 56 in the grand final. Took 10 wickets at 18.30 with the ball.
Honourable mention: Jason Rainbow (Westlawn) 331 runs at 30.09, HS 122, five stumpings.
Last season: Brendan Cleaver (Souths).
4. BEN HILL, (GDSC Easts)
LED a courageous, vastly improved GDSC Easts side, producing a reliable return of 433 runs at 39.36 with four 50s including top score of 87.
Honourable mention: Andrew Buchanan (Tucabia) 311 runs at 28.27, HS 61.
Last season: Mark Ensbey (Harwood).
5. JAKE KROEHNERT, (c) (Brothers)
WITH Kroehnert at the helm, Brothers hung on for second on the ladder and saved their best for the grand final. The skipper scored 480 at 40.00 with two hundreds, and toiled away for 15 wickets at 24.87.
Honourable mention: Bill North (Coutts Crossing) 273 runs at 30.33, HS 85*.
Last season: Jake Kroehnert (Brothers).
6. BEN McMAHON, (Harwood)
SLOTS into side for a third year in a row thanks to solid back half of season. Selected as the all-rounder, McMahon finished with 389 at 38.9 including highest score of 115no with the bat, and 21 wickets at 15.52 (ER 2.74) with the ball.
Honourable mention: Rohan Hackett (Westlawn) 209 runs at 26.13, HS 79, 11 wkts at 16.09.
Last season: Ben McMahon (Harwood).
7. DOUG HARRIS, (Harwood)
ALSO relied on second half of the season with 372 at 37.2 with the bat (HS 125*). The side's spinner with 19 wickets at 13.37 (ER 2.96). Top slipper, took 13 catches.
Honourable mention: Jackson Grieve (GDSC Easts) 249 runs at 20.75, HS 66, 22 wkts at 30.55, ER 4.97.
Last season: Doug Harris (Harwood).
8. BRAD CHARD, (Tucabia-Copmahurst)
CONTINUES to be the most potent bowler in the competition with 39 wickets at 11.44 (ER 2.78). Saved his best figures of 7 for 39 for the semi-final win over former club Coutts Crossing. Also a picture of consistency with the bat, the Tucabia captain batted himself too far down the order, scoring 274 runs at 30.44 despite a highest score of just 52.
- Chard takes 7 for 39 in semi-final to keep Tucabia's hopes alive
- Skipper's hat-trick not enough to get Tucabia over line against Harwood
Honourable mention: Luke Many (Harwood) 197 runs at 24.63, HS 50*, 17 wkts at 17.88, ER 2.52.
Last season: Brad Chard (Tucabia).
9. CHRIS ADAMSON, (Tucabia-Copmahurst)
TURNED back clock with some of his most lethal spells in years. The Adamson-Chard combination came to the fore in the semi-final when the pair single-handedly routed Coutts Crossing including seven ducks. Along with 29 wickets at 16.28 (ER 2.67, BB 5/73), Adamson was more than handy with the bat scoring 240 at 24.00 (HS 79*).
Honourable mention: Mitch Kroehnert (Brothers) 133 runs at 13.30, HS 46, 26 wkts at 15.88, ER 2.78.
Last season: Nathan Essex (Harwood).
10. ADAM ELLIOTT, (Coutts Crossing)
BLOSSOMED into a genuine Premier League wrecking ball with deadly accuracy and control. A mid-season hamstring injury prevented him from taking more than his 28 wickets at 12.57 (ER 2.37).
Honourable mention: Daley Durrant (Harwood) 22 wkts at 16.64, ER 2.72.
Last season: Andy Kinnane (Brothers).
11. ZAC PAGE, (Coutts Crossing)
A MASTERFUL, selfless display from the bowling talisman with 41 wickets at 15.02 (ER 2.55). Sent down total of 241.5 overs including 62 maidens despite a chronic elbow complaint.
- Coutts in driver's seat after valiant Page spell
- Fresh Page writes new chapter against Brothers
- 36 overs in a day? Toast that man
Honourable mention: Jack Weatherstone (Brothers) 24 wkts at 16.04, ER 3.07.
Last season: Zac Page (Coutts Crossing).
12th man: ELI FAHEY, (Coutts Crossing)
BREAKOUT season in Premier League for the 15-year-old, with 294 runs at 22.62 including a maiden Premier League half-century of 72 against Westlawn. Took 12 wickets at 19.83 including 4 for 44 off 14 overs bowling legspin in an upset win over Harwood. Took 11 catches, staking his claim as arguably the best cover fielder in the competition.
Honourable mentions: Ben Jurd (Brothers) 271 runs at 24.64, HS 60; Jacob Ellis (GDSC Easts) 231 runs at 25.67, HS 64.
Last season: Lachlan Johnson (Harwood).
Twenty20 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
PICKED primarily on form throughout the 2014/15 Cleavers Mechanical Night Cricket season, with a focus on batting and bowling styles suited to the shorter form of the game, on the premise that in reality it could be viewed as a pathway to playing at a higher level in the fast growing, popular form of the Twenty20 version of the game. For example, hypothetically playing in a Plan B Regional Big Bash trial for Coffs Coast Chargers.
1. Tim Tilse (Coutts) (wk): 178 at 59.33, HS 91.
The Coutts Crossing stalwart was the competition's leading run scorer and fittingly scored 42 in the grand final to help the club to its first ever top grade major premiership.
- Cox, Tilse star in century stand for Coutts
- Ellis denies Tilse maiden century for Coutts
- Coutts lift curse to win first Night Cricket trophy
2. Ben Jurd (Brothers): 125 runs at 20.83, HS 49.
Revelled in the opportunity to open the batting throughout the season and one of the most improved cricketers in the competition.
3. Mark Ensbey (Harwood): 145 runs at 29.00, HS 79.
A very dangerous batsman who showed how devastating he can be in the shorter format with five 6s in his 79 in the final round against South Services.
4. Ben McMahon (c) (Harwood) 170 runs at 85.00, HS 49*.
Led Harwood to a third straight grand final, this time going down to Coutts. Has the cricket brain to lead in the shorter format.
5. Bob McKenzie (Tucabia) 137 runs at 27.40, HS 45.
Capable of going big, Bobby was Tucabia's most consistent with the bat in Night Cricket this season, despite a lean showing in Premier League.
6. Eli Fahey (Coutts) 129 at 32.25, HS 41, 7 wkts at 16.71, ER 5.57, BB 5/30.
Keeps the score ticking over with the bat, can restrict with the ball and an exceptional fielder.
7. Jarrod Lynch (Brothers) 117 runs at 58.50, HS 68*.
Another who saved his best for Night Cricket, including a match-winning 68* in premiers Coutts Crossing's only loss. Fielding also an asset.
8. Brandon Honeybrook (Harwood) 113 runs at 56.50, HS 55*, 10 wkts at 9.40, ER 4.48, BB 5/20.
Most dangerous hitter in the competition and leading wicket taker with left arm pace.
9. Jake Kroehnert (Brothers) 105 runs at 21.00, HS 58, 6 wkts at 14.67, BB 3/16, ER 4.89.
Picked on his consistent numbers, despite a below par Night Cricket season by his standards.
10. Nick Wood (Coutts) 82 runs at 41.00, HS 54, 5 wkts at 13.60, ER 4.53, BB 4/28.
Stole the show in the grand final with a man of the match performance of 54 runs and 4 for 28 bowling at the death in an otherwise quiet Night Cricket season.
11. Zac Page (Coutts) 8 wkts at 9.38, ER 3.75, BB 3/20
Miserly as always, a perfect option to put top order under pressure early.
12. Hayden Ensbey (Harwood) 9 wkts at 14.33, ER 5.86, BB 3/31
The side's spinner, what he lacks in height he makes up with guile and determination. Disrespect this youngster at your own peril.
Also: Dylan Lucas (Brothers), Matthew Dalton (Souths), Jasper Peady (Souths) and Jacob Ellis (GDSC Easts) accompany the squad as development players with John Green (GDSC Easts) to carry the drinks after impressive Night Cricket seasons.
The following players' performances were also worthy of selection and narrowly missed out:
Andrew McLachlan (Coutts) 7 wkts at 12.71, ER 3.56, BB 3/13 - adds variation with his legspin, definitely room for an extra spinner in the side.
Adam Elliott (Coutts) 47 runs at 15.67, HS 28, 6 wkts at 11.50, ER 3.45, BB 3/18 - could easily interchange an all-rounder for another genuine pace option.
Daniel Cootes (Tucabia) 94 runs at 18.80, HS 37, 6 wkts at 16.67, ER 5.83, BB 2/31 - handy with bat and ball, his most consistent season in years.
Josh Amos (South Services) 8 wkts at 17.38, ER 6.22, BB 4/25 - has the stats to match, but slightly too expensive.