The 2018 Canberra Southern Cross Club Kookaburra Cup saw a number of great performances throughout the three days of play. We saw a number of players score hundreds and taking hat-tricks, with a special mention to Hugh Plowman for his four wickets in four balls.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Canberra Southern Cross Club Kookaburra Cup, there are five awards announced with each winner receiving $200 to spend on Kookaburra products ahead of the upcoming season.

Congratulations to all of the below: 

Batting Award – Toby Laughlin - St Augustines (Under 14’s Plate)

The batting award for the tournament goes to a player, described by his coach as a bowling all-rounder. Toby scored 335 runs across the tournament at an average of 177.50 with a top score of 107*.

Described by his coach as a quiet achiever, team player and a hard worker. Toby opened the bowling all tournament for his side and is currently in the New South Wales Under 13’s squad. We hope for big things for Toby moving forward in his cricketing journey.

Bowling Award – Harry O’Rourke – The Bluebags (Under 16’s Plate)

A left arm orthodox bowler from the Queanbeyan Cricket Club. Harry took 14 wickets across the tournament, 12 of which he clean bowled the batsmen. His best figures for the tournament were 5/10, in a match where he was on a hattrick twice. These figures are even more impressive considering he did not bowl in one of the matches.

Harry is like most young cricketers, lacking the ability to put the bat and ball down. This season he will be looking to develop himself in senior cricket for his club.

Fielding Award – Sam Manton - The Master Blasters (Under 16’s Plate)

Taking eight catches and two stumpings during the tournament, Sam Manton has been given the fielding award for the tournament. Sam is an ACT Under 15’s Indoor Cricket representative, playing in the national final for his age division this year in Toowoomba.

Sam is known to be a fun loving character who is a respectful cricketer, currently playing for Weston Creek-Molonglo in both the senior and junior competitions.

Spirit Of Cricket Award – Nic Fantham - Far South Coast U16’s (Under 16’s Plate)

There were a number of contenders for this award with many players putting the spirit of the game ahead of their own competitiveness. The winner of this award, Nic Fantham is one of many examples on display during the tournament.

As captain of the Far South Coast U16’s, Nic fielded a ball but noticed that the batsmen has injured himself while running between the wickets. Nic then elected to not throw the ball to the stumps to execute the dismissal, instead being more concerned about the batsmen’s health.

Junior Umpire Award - Angus Tarpey

After a number of teams sending in positive feedback, Angus Tarpey has been named the junior umpire of the tournament. Angus moved to Canberra from Pambula, New South Wales this year to play senior cricket with the Australian National University side in the grade competition, making his first grade debut last weekend.