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Award Winners

Halbish crowned Club Champion
2008/09 MCC club champion Phil Halbish Friday April 17, 2009

MCC allrounder Phil Halbish was named Club Champion for the first time at the MCC Cricket Presentation Dinner in the Members Dining Room on Friday April 17.

The 32-year-old had one of his most consistent seasons during an almost 10-year MCC career, taking 33 wickets at 18.39 and making 347 runs at 26.69 to nudge out Andrew Kent, Adam Dale and Ben Way for the award.

On a night where captain-coach Adam Dale reaffirmed the club's target of a First XI premiership, Second XI batsman Jon Huddart was presented with the coveted Brian Watson Memorial Award for “an outstanding performance by an MCC cricketer”.

Huddart was recognised for his dual centuries in the semi final (162) and final (106 n.o.) that propelled Eivion Bowen's Second XI to premiership glory. This feat also saw him awarded the Player of the Finals trophy.

Later in the night, Huddart completed the hat-trick by taking out the Players MVP by one vote from Justin Graham, with Kent half a point further back in third.

Teenage batsman Matthew Brown was awarded the MCC XXIX Club Youth Cricketer of the Year, awarded to best young player who has produced outstanding performances and demonstrated substantial potential. Third XI captain John Fitzgibbon took out the Best Clubman award.


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Andrew KentKent named MCC Cricket's club champion
Friday April 18, 2008

Talented batsman Andrew Kent has been rewarded for a stellar season, being named MCC club champion at the 2007/08 Presentation Dinner in the Members Dining Room.

The 27-year-old’s consistent season with the bat saw him judged the best First XI player, the first time Kent has won the coveted award.

In 18 matches, the stylish right-hander scored 883 runs at 44.15 at the top of the order, to win the First XI batting average.

His Premier Cricket performances also earned him a spot in Cricket Victoria's Team of the Season.

On a night where coach Chris Davies farewelled the club, allrounder Michael Hill was presented with the coveted Brian Watson Memorial Award for an outstanding performance by an MCC cricketer.

Hill was recognised for his efforts in captaining the Australian Under 19 at the World Cup, along with his all-round performance for the MCC First XI, where he scored 561 runs at 40.07 and took 18 wickets at 15.53.

Hill also received the XXIX Club Youth Cricket of the Year award.

In other awards announced during the evening:

  • Fourth XI captain David Bratby was named Best Clubman for the first time;
  • Second XI allrounder Justin Graham capped off a stellar year, winning the Players’ MVP award and Player of the Finals.