All-rounder Paul McLean in action with the bat in Souths' semi-final against Casino Cavaliers.
All-rounder Paul McLean in action with the bat in Souths' semi-final against Casino Cavaliers.

Sorting out the season's best

By STEVE SPINKS sport@northernstar.com.au AN all-rounder will be favourite to take out the 2007-08 Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Cricketer of the Year award when it is announced at the Byron Bay Bowling Club tonight.

In the previous 13 years of the Hooker League, 12 all-rounders have either won or been named joint player of the year.

The all-rounders who could figure prominently in the voting are Tintenbar-East Ballina captain Brett Crawford, Lennox Head's Mark Denmeade, Souths' Paul McLean and Lismore Workers' Jeremy Cowin.

However, batsmen like Tintenbar's Phil Dalli, who averaged more than 80 this season, and Alstonville's Greg Potter could also be a chance for the award, sponsored by the Greg Chappell Cricket Centre.

Souths captain Richard Nind, a batsman, was the 2006-07 Cricketer of the Year.

Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the inaugural Coachcap Team of the Year.

Coachcap, a local cricket apparel business, will present the players chosen with caps and shirts when the team is announced.

"I think the team is reflective of who has performed in the Hooker League," Coachcap principal Glenn Lewis said.

"We've relied a lot on statistics but have tried to give the team some balance."

Lewis said nine of the 14 teams in the Hooker League would be represented in the Team of the Year.



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