Ashington Cricket Club’s Callum Storey pulled off a unique double at the annual presentation night of the Go North East Northumberland & Tyneside Senior Cricket League (NTSCL) last week held at Kingston Park.
The 20-year-old won the John Armin Memorial Trophy for Player of the Year – voted by the umpires of the league - as well as the Northumberland Association of Cricket Officials’ Best Bowler of the Year award.
He was presented with the trophies on behalf of the associations by Paul Lee, secretary of the NTSCL.
It is believed Storey – a student at Nottingham Trent University – who with a haul of 44, tied with Shotley Bridge’s Stuart Graham as the league’s leading wicket taker, is the first to have won both awards in the same campaign.
He said: “I thought I was in with a chance, but the news still came as a big shock.”
Storey’s overall tally including cup wickets was a round half century, and the 6ft 4ins right arm pace merchant added: “The previous year we had won promotion from the A2 to the A1 division and the season was massive for us, but I thought the lads coped well.”
The news of Storey’s double came as no surprise to Langwell Crescent’s first XI skipper Greg Williams.
He said: “I’m pleased for Callum. He deserved it because he had a good season and it was always going to be a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’.
“Callum has come on leaps and bounds and proved he has the potential, and it’s a great achievement for him in a competitive league.
“Now his next targets should be to go one step further and be the leading wicket taker by a distance whilst also looking to be one of best bowlers in the county and not just in our league.”