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WBCA: six outstanding Lower South West cricketers awarded for their abilities and commitment to the sport

Melissa PedeltyManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Award winners, Brendon White, Hugh Mitchell, Jack Muir and Mason Abbott.
Camera IconAward winners, Brendon White, Hugh Mitchell, Jack Muir and Mason Abbott. Credit: Melissa Pedelty/Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Warren Blackwood Cricket Association celebrated the 2022/23 season with an award presentation that saw six outstanding Lower South West cricketers awarded for their abilities and commitment to the sport.

Hosted directly after the grand final — which saw Forestry defeat Bridgetown — last Saturday afternoon, WBCA celebrated their season award winners with a full crowd of cheering supporters.

In an extraordinary effort, young-gun Manjimup’s Jack Muir was awarded Cricketer of the Year, the Ron Wilson Memorial Trophy for under 21s, and Bowling Aggregate.

Muir’s bowling prowess and sportsmanship was highly commended.

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Bridgetown’s Hugh Mitchell was the batter to beat this year and was awarded Batting Average and Batting Average after a hugely successful year.

Another Bridgetown star, Brendon White was awarded Bowling Average, while Boyup Brook’s Declan Holland was awarded Umpire Award for the T20 season.

In exciting events, WBCA welcomed a new life member during the presentation, Northcliffe’s Mason Abbott.

Abbott was recognised for his service to the association, which included 100 games of Senior Country Week cricket — only the second person in the association to do so beside Troy Gibellini and Peter Bamess — and more than 21 years representing WBCA.

WBCA president Jodi Johnston said it has been a fantastic season for WBCA and she congratulates all award winners, Forestry Cricket Club on winning the season grand final and Boyup Brook who won the T20 competition.

Ms Johnston said she was happy with how the re-introduced T20 format competition combined with the 45 over ladder went this season.

“The main aim is to keep players playing cricket and attracting others to play the sport in some format,” she said.

“The season will be reviewed at the next delegates meeting and improvements made where necessary but the T20 is an important format to involve more players of all ages and abilities.”

Ms Johnston said she was thankful to all coaches, team managers and scorers who supported the players throughout the season, as well as all executive members of the organisation.

“Get involved — there’s always something to be done to help run cricket and it’s never too late to learn a new role or learn how to score.”

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