Australian Under 19 allrounder and Breakers player Rachel Trenaman, and Newcastle cricketer Joe Price, have been awarded Female and Male Player of the Year at the 32nd Annual Country Cricket NSW Awards Dinner in Newcastle on Saturday night.
Trenaman and Price were among several award winners at Wests Leagues Club in Newcastle where the important contributions of Cricket NSW Board Member, Ian Hogg, and Chairman of Selectors for the NSW Country Cricket Association, Tim Grosser, were also acknowledged, with both men formally recognised as Life Members of the association.
The awards night followed another successful season for NSW Country Cricket where the NSW Bush Blues became the national champions at the 2017/18 Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships in Geraldton, Western Australia.
The ACT/NSW Country teams in both the female under age divisions – Under 15 and Under 18 – claimed national titles with Trenaman leading the Under 18 female squad to a tense one-wicket win in the 50-over final of those championships.
The 17 year-old from the Riverina region in southern NSW scored 212 runs at 35.3 and picked up six useful wickets throughout the tournament with her leg-spin.
It was a very successful night for Price, who was also named as the best Male NSW Player at the Australian Country Championships.
The allrounder claimed 18 wickets at the outstanding average of 11.5 and, was more than handy with the bat, making 277 runs throughout the tournament.
Price was two wickets behind ACT Southern quick and, leading wicket taker for the Country Championships, Cameron Suidgeest.
Both Price and Suidgeest joined, allrounder Caleb Ziebell, and team mates wicketkeeper Tom Groth, as the four NSW Country players to be selected in the Australian Country Merit team.
Ziebell was named Player of the Final in the deciding match of the T20 division against Queensland courtesy of a brutal 110 not out from only 60 deliveries to guide the Bush Blues to victory.
Naomi McDonald, who hails from Grafton, was named best Female NSW Player at the Country Championships.
McDonald was third leading run-scorer in the female division. She scored 165 runs for the Bush Breakers at 41.25 and helped the state finish third for the tournament behind eventual champions, South Australia, and Queensland.
For the second consecutive year, Rebecca Cady was named in the Championship Merit team, along with McDonald.
Promising young talent from Central Northern NSW, Will Fort, was awarded the Kookaburra Youth Player of the Year.
Fort was the leading run-scorer for ACT/NSW Country at the Under 17 National Championships in September/October 2017, with 318 runs at a tick under 40, including four half-centuries.
Among the other award winners on the night were Bathurst umpire Graeme Glazebrook, who was awarded the Kevin Pye Medal as the NSW Country Umpire of the Year for the third consecutive season.
2018 Award Winners
NSW Country Player of the Year – Female – Rachel Trenaman (Riverina)
NSW Country Player of the Year – Male – Joe Price (Newcastle)
Kookaburra Youth Player of the Year – Will Fort (Central Northern)
Best Player (Male) at the Toyota Australian Country Championships – Joe Price (Newcastle)
Best Player (Female) at the Toyota Australian Country Championships – Naomi McDonald (Grafton)
NSW Country Umpire of the Year – Graeme Glazebrook (Western)
NSW Country Groundsman of the Year – Josh Woodcock (Bradman Oval)
NSW Country Coach of the Year – Glenn Rowlands (Central Coast)
NSW Country Media Award – Josh Callinan (Newcastle Herald)
2018 Champion Teams
Under 18 Female National Cricket Championships – Overall Winners – ACT/NSW Country
Under 18 Female National Cricket Championships – 50-Over Winners – ACT/NSW Country
Under 15 Female National Cricket Championships – Overall Winners – ACT/NSW Country
NSW Country Zone Championship – Hogg-Silver Shield – Central Coast
Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships – Overall Winners – NSW Bush Blues
Toyota Australian Country Cricket Championships – T20 Winners – NSW Bush Blues
McDonald’s NSW Country Cricket Championships – Newcastle
McDonald’s Country Colts – Riverina
Plan B Regional Bash – Newcastle Blasters
Under 16 Bradman Cup – Central Coast
Under 14 Kookaburra Cup – Western
McDonald’s Under 18 Female Country Championships – North Coastal
McDonald’s Under 15 Female Country Championships – New Coasters