PAUL McLEAN
PAUL McLEAN

Two share top cricket award

By STEVE SPINKS

IT seems you can't beat experience.

Just look at the winners of the 2004-05 Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Cricketer of the Year ? Bruce Jobson and Paul McLean.

Jobson and McLean were named joint winners at the Hooker League presentation at the Goonellabah RSL Sports Club last night after finishing with 15 points each in umpires' voting.

Sure, both may be on the wrong side of 30, but both have played club cricket at a high level and both had great seasons in the Hooker League.

In fact, Jobson is on the wrong side of 40, but still captained Eastern Districts and was the only consistent run-scorer for the former competition powerhouse.

Easts missed the semi-finals for the first time in seven seasons and it was generally their batting that struggled.

Jobson, a former Brisbane grade cricketer, remained firm at the top of the order and was probably responsible for his side avoiding the wooden spoon.

Second time

This is the second time Jobson has been named the Hooker League Cricketer of the Year.

He also won it in 1995-96, the second season of the regional first-grade competition.

McLean played only his second season with Southern Districts since returning from a successful career with Sydney grade club Gordon.

The surveyor was a vital cog in the formidable Souths batting line-up that claimed back-to-back Hooker League titles.

McLean was also the Hooker League's top run-scorer with 370.

Tintenbar-East Ballina's Brett Crawford, another former winner, finished third on the Cricketer of the Year tally with 13 points, while Souths' Lennard Blok and Lennox Head captain Shaun Savage finished equal fourth on 12 points.

Other awards last night:

Batting average: Steve Lockhart (Norths-Goonellabah RSL) 49.67.

Bowling aggregate: Ian Gregory (Eastern Districts) 28.

Bowling average: Lennard Blok (Southern Districts) 10.29.

Most dismissals by a wicket-keeper: Michael Nind (Southern Districts) 20.



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