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Boote kicks butt

TWEED cricketers dominated FNC LJ Hooker League presentation night with South Tweed all-rounder Jack Boote named player of the year for 2009-10.

Although his team did not make the finals, Boote’s performances were enough to get him the nod from the umpires who lodged votes of 3-2-1 for each game.

Boote’s teammate Tait Burns was leading run-scorer (398) for the season; Kane Hamilton of Tintenbar-East Ballina posted the highest batting average (48.8); and Cudgen’s Michael Anderson the best bowling average (8.88).

Boote was the leading wicket-taker for the season with 43 scalpsat 12.2. He also made 300 runs at an average of 33.3.

Lismore Workers’ Jeremy Cowin was named Under-21 player of the year ahead of Marist Brothers find Dain Moreton.

Cowin, 19, made 215 runs at 21.5 with a top score of 54, claimed 14 wickets at 22.1 with his left-arm fast-medium, and held one catch.

Moreton, 16, topped his older rival in every category with 270 runs at 30 and 16 wickets at 19.3 as well as holding six catches.

Moreton also scored a century in the Under-16 interdistrict final but Hooker League chairman Dave Hutchinson said Cowin was a worthy winner.

“Jeremy did a fair bit more playing in the representative sides which got him over the line,” Hutchinson said.