Star Mt Barker all-rounder Nathan Crudeli crowned Albany and Districts Cricket Association top player
Star all-rounder Nathan Crudeli capped an outstanding first season with Mt Barker by winning all three major trophies at the Albany and Districts Cricket Association awards night on Saturday.
After moving to Mt Barker from premiers of the past seven seasons Railways, Crudeli had terrific impact with bat and ball and was recognised with the captains’ player of the year and umpires’ player of the year awards.
Crudeli finished on 30 votes to win the umpires’ award decided by a 4-3-2-1 system from Railways captain Coen Marwick on 27 and Royals skipper Mitch Green on 23.
In the captains’ award, a 5-4-3-2-1 voting system, Crudeli polled 41 votes to edge out Marwick on 34, while Lions young gun Ryley Valli was next with 31 votes.
The 27-year-old also won the Mike Storm memorial all-rounder of the year.
He claimed the honour in a close finish, racking up 950 points to edge out Green (882 points) and Marwick (810).
The Bulls recruit also won the bowling average award with 24 wickets at 10.71.
His brilliant season included making 510 runs across the season at an average of 63.75.
“It’s obviously a real honour to receive the (Cricketer of the Year) award, something I will definitely cherish,” Crudeli said.
“I grew up idolising a lot of the past winners so it certainly means a lot.
“I’ve enjoyed the move to the Bulls and we’ve had a great season, hopefully we can finish it off with a win on the weekend.”
Green clean-swept the batting awards as he claimed the aggregate and average after successive centuries in the final two rounds.
The Lions star made 607 runs at an average of 67.44.
Manypeaks youngster Charlie Walters claimed the bowling aggregate award with 27 wickets.
Valli won the prestigious Syd Harper award as the best under-21 player, after making 450 runs to be the fifth highest in the competition and also snared 15 wickets.
Mt Barker’s Steven Scott was B-grade Cricketer of the Year on 772 points, also winning the captains’ player of the year award and batting average with 63.86.
Narrikup’s John Miell won the batting aggregate with 461 runs, teammate James Morris took out the bowling aggregate with 23 wickets and Peaks’ Wade Anning claimed the bowling average with 15 at 6.67.
Mt Barker’s David Hinchcliffe claimed the C-grade Cricketer of the Year on 732 points to go with the captains’ player of the year award, batting aggregate and average, after making 482 runs at 53.56.
Peaks’ Peter Owen won the bowling aggregate with 22 wickets while Collingwood Park’s O’Shea Durack won the bowling average with 15 wickets at 7.8.
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