Top performers honoured at cricket club’s awards night

Max Heritage was a multiple award winner.
Max Heritage was a multiple award winner.

South Kirkby Colliery Cricket Club, formed 130 years ago, is thriving, with an encouraging number of sides providing skilful competition for all ages.

Councillor David Mothershaw, Mayor of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, presented the awards at the club’s annual presentation at the Social Centre.

Appreciation was expressed to the small army of volunteers who helped the cricket club function at the Millars Walk ground, and tribute paid to the youngest team, the under nines, who had impressed in a series of friendly matches.

Individual awards saw Mackenzie Walker take the under 11s batting prize, and Owen Mitchell the bowling, with the fielding award being shared by Reece Slater, Charlie Clegg and Mackenzie Walker.

The most improved player was Owen Mitchell, and the manager’s award went to Charlie Clegg.

In the under 13s, the batting award went to Ellis Crawshaw, while Bailey Hopkins claimed the bowling, and Mackenzie Walker the fielding,.

The manager’s player of the season was Kieran Savage, and the clubman of the year Luke Chopin.

Adam Guest claimed the under 15s batting prize, and Joel Guest the bowling, with Conor Bennion the best fielder, Kieran Blanchard the manager’s pick, and Adam Keough the clubman of the year.

The under 17s awards were dominated by Max Heritage, who claimed all but one of the accolades.

He won the batting, bowling, manager’s player, the Tom Swift award, the Johnny Morris award and Unison award.

Jake Taberner prevented a clean sweep by claiming the fielding prize.

The Maurice Cornwell junior clubman of the year award was won by Hedley Paul Keegan.

Mr Jack Birkby, a trustee of Brocky’s Trust, presented a trophy for the outstanding team of the year to the under 11s.

On the senior scene, opener Jake Rimmington completed a hat trick with the Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One side.

Rimmington won the batting, players’ player and supporters player of the year awards.

Ritchie Bresnan - younger brother of Yorkshire and England star Tim - won the bowling award.

The Harry Carey award for a new bowler went to Stephen Secker, who claimed 6-47 in the final league game of the season at neighbours Frickley Colliery.

Martyn Crooks won the batting award and players’ player for the Division Four side. Adam Lowery won the bowling prize. The Horace Clark award went to Max Heritage, and the clubman of the year was Mark Harris.