TEENAGER Callum Storey has scooped Ashington Cricket Club’s Player of the Year award for last season.
The 17-year-old was presented with his trophy at the Langwell Crescent Club’s annual dinner.
The youngster, a student at nearby Ashington High School, said: “I had no idea about the award and it came as a complete surprise.
“However, I’m really chuffed and pleased and my goal is to maintain my progress and keep improving by taking lots of wickets this year.”
After returning from injury, Storey began the 2011 campaign in the second XI.
He was later promoted into the first team and although they were relegated from the A1 division of the Wellstream Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, Storey was a major plus for the outfit.
He added: “I took between 35 to 40 wickets and was really pleased with my season overall.”
Club chairman Martin Thewlis said: “I have been impressed with Callum’s strength of character after coming back strongly.
“He had to watch from the sidelines through injury but I think this has made him a better cricketer.
“He has fantastic ability and I go back to when he took a five-wicket haul against Swalwell – they were still in the hunt for the title, which they consequently won, and for Callum to take a nap hand against good batters was great.”
Other awards on the evening included: Firsts – top run scorer: Jack Jessop; batting average: Simon Prudhoe; bowling average: Stephen Boyd. Seconds – batting average: Martin Thewlis; bowling average: Stephen Williams; top wicket taker: Adam Nichol. Thirds – batting average: Scott Dunn; bowling average: Graham Rogerson.
Durham Cricket Club’s Mark Wood was on hand to present the awards.