Cameron picks up two awards from cricket club

BLYTH Cricket Club held their annual dinner and presentation night back at their clubhouse for the first time since new renovations were completed.

The dinner was well attended by players present and from the past, including former captains JD Harland and PD Robertson and former player D Lord.

In addition, other guests were former junior player Terry Charlton, who now lends his expert advice on the square. Guest speaker was former player and local solicitor Stephen Gibson, brother of the club president.

Before the proceeding of the presentations, club chairman Mr P Cormack thanked those who over the season contributed to the running of the club including secretary Ossy Lawrence, ground staff David Dent, Nobby Gill and Brian Graysmark, plus scorers Ally Saddler and Claire Gill.

It was not a very happy season for the first XV, who were relegated.

David Dent picked up the batting award with a season best score of 116 at Kirkley. He also picked up the Graham Smith Award for the fastest 50, which came from 32 balls.

On the bowling front the award went to slow left arm spinner Surjit Singh, just pipping skipper Mark Lawrence.

The second XV probably over achieved, despite being called upon to release players to the firsts, still managed to gain promotion back to the top division for the second XIs.

Credit to captain Gary Cotterill, who at 22 is probably the youngest captain for years.

The second division awards for batting and bowling went to a player in his 30th season with the club – Nobby Gill.

Winning the George Shiel Shield for the fastest 50 in the second XV went to Gary Cotterill, who completed the feat in just 19 balls at Stobswood, not the smallest ground, including five sixes in one over.

Junior player of the year went to 13-year-old all-rounder Cameron Walker. The slow left arm spinner took 31 wickets over the season, forming a lethal bowling attack with Gill, who took 29 wickets.

Cameron also took home an award for a hat-trick – although split over two games.

He took the last two wickets at home against Stobswood then, on his return from holiday, took a wicket with his first ball against Monkseaton.

The ball which he took his hat-trick with, and a trophy, were presented to him by club president Dennis Gibson.

Two other young promising players on their books are Bradley Purvis, 12, and Ben Blackett, 13.