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Cricketers celebrate remarkable season

May 12, 2013

The trophy table is full at the 2013 MCC Cricket Presentation Dinner.All-rounder Brenton McDonald capped off a fine season when he was awarded the club champion trophy at the MCC cricket presentation dinner on May 10 in the Members Dining Room.

The red-headed leg-spinner had a stellar season, his 568 runs and 54 wickets also snaring him the Jack Ryder Medal as the best player in Cricket Victoria's First XI competition, just the second MCC player to win the award.

He was also named in the Premier Cricket Team of the Year and earnt the Players' MVP Award.

Two-time First XI premiership wicketkeeper Ash Middlin was named best clubman and Jack Paynter was named young cricketer of the year.

Andrew Kent receives the Brian Watson Memorial Award from MCC vice-president David Crow.Captain-coach Andrew's Kent effort to lead the club to a remarkable eight premierships during the season, including the Club Championship and a First XI clean sweep, rightly earnt him the Brian Watson Memorial Award for "most outstanding performance by an MCC cricketer".

The club also paid tribute to retiring First XI batsman Robert Cooper and off-spinning all-rounder Justin Graham.

The Second XI and Third XI were acknowledged for their respective premiership wins, as were those adjudged "player of the finals" in each grade. Martin Newkirk was awarded Best MCC Club XI clubman. 

In a historic night, the club's inaugural women's cricket teams were also recognised at the conclusion of their debut season.

Charlotte Killeen was crowned Club Champion, Teagan Parker was named Youth Cricketer of the Year and Natalie Plane was adjudged Most Valuable Player player by her peers.

Inaugural MCC women's club champion Charlotte Killeen receives the trophy from coach Robert Templeton.The quality of the club’s home ground, Albert Cricket Ground, was also recognised, with groundsman Scott West again earning the competition’s best curator award.

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