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Gotch crowned cricket Club Champion

May 12, 2014

Young batsman Seb Gotch capped off a fine season when he was awarded the club champion trophy at the MCC cricket presentation dinner on May 9 in the Members Dining Room.

Although it took until Round 7 to force his way into the First XI, his 588 runs at 65.3 in the next 12 matches was enough to take the trophy awarded to the best First XI player throughout the season.

Tegan Orwin’s club-high 21 wickets at 15.48, including a best of 5/3 saw her take out the women’s Club Champion trophy. 

The XXIX Club Youth Cricketers of the Year were Natalie Plane and Sam Harper.

Natalie played all her MCC games in the Premier 1 team, taking 11 wickets and making 80 runs, with her promise being identified by the state selectors, who chose her to represent Victoria in the Under 18 national championships.

Natalie was also selected in the inaugural Victorian women’s Imparja Cup team who competed at the national indigenous championships.

Sam played in the Demons Second XI when school commitments allowed, making 225 runs at 22.5 and capturing 17 dismissals behind the stumps.

Sam had an outstanding carnival as captain of the Victorian Under 17 team at the national championships, making 343 runs at 85.7 with two centuries and two half-centuries. This performance saw him named captain of the team of the championships. This was capped off with selection in the Victorian Second XI in the latter part of the season.

The Brian Watson Memorial Award is presented for an ‘outstanding performance by an MCC cricketer’ and this year it went to Pat Smith for his First XI hat-trick against Camberwell-Magpies.

In a game that was evenly poised, Pat tore through the middle order taking a hat-trick in amongst the 5/54 he took to turn the game our way.

The players’ MVP awards went to Seb Gotch whose season tally of 866 runs gained 29 votes in a runaway victory, whilst Amy Yates’ 301 runs and nine dismissals helped her win a much tighter count by three votes.

The MCC Best Clubperson as it may now become known, was awarded to Chelsea Weymss, the first female to receive this prestigious trophy.

Chelsea is a current MCC player but on occasions missed out on selection. Regardless, Chelsea exuded enthusiasm, provided great support to her teammates and helped out in any way possible on match days in a virtual team manager role.

Action from the MCC Cricket Presentation Dinner on May 9, 2014.

For MCC Club XI cricket, there were two awards granted. On the field, Kane Bowden was announced as the ‘Club XI Player of the Season’ whilst Jeremy Stone’s general contribution to the MCC Club XI both on and off the field saw him being awarded ‘Club XI Best Clubman’.

Finally, Jon Huddart, who recently announced his retirement as Third XI captain, player and development coach after 13 active seasons with the Demons, was presented with a montage depicting his time at the Melbourne Cricket Club.

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