The University of Tasmania Cricket Club held their annual awards night on Saturday 6th of April at the University Club (Pickled Pear) to a packed house with close to 100 guests, and was highlighted by guest speaker Australian Test Captain and club life member Tim Paine.
Paine, who had some time off between the end of the Shield season and the start of the Australia A tour before the Ashes series, received a Career Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to Australian Cricket over the past 18 months, stepping up into lead the country at such a monumental time in Australian Cricket history. Paine was then interviewed by fellow life member and ABC Radio Host Josh Bean about all things cricket - on and off the field, in what was a riveting insight into the inside workings of the Australian cricket team, as well as a time to reflect on his cherished memories of growing up and coming through the ranks as a junior at the University of Tasmania Cricket Club.
Ashley Day and Clayton Braddick capped outstanding seasons as our Cricketers of the Season for 2018/19, as well as taking out numerous other awards.
Day, fresh off winning the Kim Fazackerley Medal for the Women's Premier League Cricketer of the Season, took out our Female Cricketer of the Season in a tight finish, with up-and-coming players Clare Scott, Chloe Abel and Amalia Clifford all in hot pursuit rounding out the top 4. Day amassed an amazing 802 runs @ 89.11 opening the batting, with a top score of 182* in an unbeaten 400-run stand with captain Sasha Moloney. Ash joined the club this season after receiving a Cricket Tasmania contract and moved down from NSW. Ash thanked the club, her coach Katelyn Fryett and team-mates for their support throughout the season and their efforts in reaching the Kookaburra Cup final and Twenty20 Semi-Final, but there certainly is unfinished business ahead of season 2019-20. We look forward to seeing Ash continue to develop as an outstanding young cricketer, and push for more games with the Tigers and Hurricanes next season.
Braddick wins his second Malcolm Street Medal for Male Cricketer of the Season, as well as taking out Best 3rd Grade Player, 3rd Grade Batting & Bowling Averages, the Jim Braithwaite Trophy for Best All-Rounder as well as the Cricket Tasmania Premier League 3rd Grade Cricketer of the Season. Braddick said he was looking forward to the club building it's depth over the off-season, and is eager to taste team success in the not too distant future with a great group of players coming through the club at the moment. Much to the amusement of the crowd, he shared a story of his last match for the season where University and Glenorchy teams shared the same change room due to one of the change rooms being occupied by the Brighton Dog Show, and gave quite a detailed description of what exactly was involved in running such an event, to leave the crowd in stitches. "Tron" scored 285 runs @ 40.71 with a highest score of 65, and took 28 wickets @ 10.71 with BBI 6/22. It was without question, the Year of the Tron.
Full list of winners below:
Under 17 Girls Batting Average - Chloe AbelUnder 17 Girls Bowling Average - Clare ScottAndrew Jauncey Perpetual Trophy - Under 17 Boys Batting Average - Zac PhairSteve Kerr Memorial Trophy - Under 17 Boys Bowling Average - Edward ChappellRod Purves Perpetual Trophy - 3rd Grade Batting Average - Clayton BraddickBob Cotgrove Perpetual Trophy - 3rd Grade Bowling Average - Clayton BraddickRoyce Smith Memorial Trophy - 2nd Grade Batting Average - Mauro SaracinoTed Stokes Perpetual Trophy - 2nd Grade Bowling Average - Leo FountainWomen's Batting Average - Ashley DayWomen's Bowling Average - Chloe AbelBill Bale Perpetual Trophy - Men's 1st Grade Batting Average - Noah van de WerkenRay Brown Perpetual Trophy - Men's 1st Grade Bowling Average - Joel LoganVern O'Byne Perpetual Trophy - Best First Year Player - Chris BrownDene & Shane Hills Perpetual Trophy - Most Improved Player - Jack FreemanBrad Thomas Medal - Spirit of Cricket - Daniel WhittemoreStan Davis Perpetual Trophy - Best Club Person - Simon CooganPeter Hickman Memorial Trophy - Career Achievement Award - Tim PaineMost Valuable Player - Hurricanes Champions League - Harman GambhirBest Under 17 Boys Player - Zac PhairBest Under 17 Girls Player - Clare ScottBest 3rd Grade Player - Clayton BraddickBest 2nd Grade Player - Sebastian BrownBest 1st Grade Player - Noah van de WerkenDr Jim Braithwaite Perpetual Trophy - Best All-Rounder - Clayton BraddickJosh Bean Perpetual Trophy - Best T20 Player - Jack FreemanMichael Graham-Smith Perpetual Trophy - Best Kookaburra Cup Player - Noah van de WerkenWomen's Cricketer of the Season - Ashley DayMalcolm Street Memorial Trophy - Men's Cricketer of the Season - Clayton Braddick