Marwick grabs top honours in cup win
Albany’s Coen Marwick has continued his outstanding record at senior country week, winning his first Barry Shepherd Medal in the process as he starred with bat and ball in the Whalers’ historic 15th Boan Cup triumph.
Playing in his seventh senior country week carnival, Marwick received the Barry Shepherd Medal as the best player at the tournament after his telling 21 wickets and 178 runs across five matches as Albany stormed to the A-section title with an undefeated run.
The 22-year-old has taken a remarkable 92 wickets since his senior country week debut in 2012 — all of which have come in A-section.
His tally of 21 wickets at an average of 8.4 was only bettered by a 27-wicket haul in 2016 for Albany, and for the second year at the tournament, the seamer took seven wickets in a game.
Marwick snared 7-30 against Peel this year and not only was it his effort with the ball that helped deliver more silverware for Albany.
After scoring a duck in Albany’s opening game last Sunday, Marwick was promoted to open and he thrived in the role to average 35.6 with a top score of 61, which came in the final at the WACA.
Marwick said he was humbled by the honour.
“It’s good to play a role and help us be successful,” he said.
“Zane, as the captain, put a lot of faith in me and I enjoyed opening (the batting). It’s good when you have got another six, seven blokes below me that can step up if you miss out. It gives you more freedom.
“I seem to get a bit more out of the wickets with the ball and better competition — you always challenge yourself to put extra effort in.”
Albany captain and older brother Zane Marwick said it was deserving recognition.
“He could have easily won it the last few years,” Zane said.
“It’s rewarding for him to be recognised and even better when you receive those things and you win.
“We knew we were missing an opening bat and getting off to a good start was so important with a hard new ball and the field up.
“Coen did a fantastic job opening the batting and he put a lot of pressure on when bowling, which led to wickets.”
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