Souths dominate at awards night

By ADRIAN MILLER THINGS can??t get much better for Souths?? captain Richard Nind.

After taking home the LJ Hooker League premiership title last weekend and winning the Byron Private Life one-day Player of the Year award earlier in the season, Nind took out the Greg Chappell Player of the Year at the FNC cricket awards at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club last night.

Nind was honoured with the region??s Cricketer of the Year title after polling 20 votes, one vote clear of teammate Paul McLean.

Casino??s Al Nowlan finished third with 15 votes. McLean??s disappointment didn??t last long and he made it a trio of trophies for Souths after he took out the LJ Hooker (Ballina) League Player of the Year with 10 votes.

Ballina Bears?? Sam Adams was second on nine and Eastern Districts captain Bruce Jobson finished on eight points.

The Greg Chappell Player of the Year Award is a combination of votes polled in the Byron Private Life one-day competition and the LJ Hooker (Ballina) League. Votes are allocated by the umpires in each match on a 3-2-1 basis.

It was the first time Nind has won the honour and he took home a bat donated by the Greg Chappell outlet as his prize.

McLean was handed a $100 voucher from Recycled Sports in Lismore.

Nind??s consistency throughout the season was a feature, with him polling fewer three-point votes than others, but polling more often.

It was McLean??s strong performances at the top of Souths?? dominant batting line-up that enabled him to poll well. He scored 573 runs at an average of 63.67 across both competitions to easily take out the batting award.

Jobson, with 519 runs (average 37.10) and Nathan Bonamy (517 at 30.4) were his closest rivals.

The best bowler was the Cavaliers?? Nowlan, who took 47 wickets at an average of 11.48.

Easts?? young star Jake McKinnon took 41, while Alstonville left-arm spinner Steve Robb snared 40.

But it wasn??t just the players recognised last night, with Lismore City Council grounds curator Craig Goldsmith and former local umpire and Lismore District Cricket Association treasurer David Went given the Mr Cricket Award for their services to the sport throughout the season. ?z

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