BIG TALENT: Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell won the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Player of the Year award for a second time
BIG TALENT: Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell won the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League Player of the Year award for a second time Benjamin Churcher

Caleb crowned player of year

TALENTED Cudgen all-rounder Caleb Ziebell capped another big season by winning the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket Player of the Year award.

He finished the season with 846 runs and 21 wickets in a Cudgen side which won Twenty20 and one-day finals before a loss in the two-day final against Alstonville.

It is the second time Ziebell (pictured at right) has picked up Player of the Year honours after first winning it two years ago.

That year he scored three consecutive centuries on his way to amassing 911 runs and 35 wickets.

His best performance came in the two-day final when he top scored with 131 to lead his side to a win over Ballina Bears.

Ziebell went out swinging in the final this season with a quick fire 60 from 20 balls where he blasted six sixes and three fours in the second innings.

He also won the all-rounder award at presentation night and had the best batting average with 65.54.

In other awards, premiership winners Alstonville featured heavily with Steve Robb selected as captain in the Team of the Year.

Robb also won the fielding award for 12 catches and is the second player to captain Alstonville to a Hooker League premiership.

Opening bowling Jason Caught and wicket keeper batsman Mitchell Pearce were also named.

Caught was the top wicket taker in the competition with 39 to his name while Pearce picked up the wicket keeping award with 25 catches and five stumpings.

Pottsville top-order batsman Arren Laycock had the best batting aggregate with his 738 runs while Cudgen spinner Anthony Kershler had the best average of the bowlers.

Graeme Rose was named Umpire of the Year while the Casino RSM Cavaliers won the Spirit of Cricket award.



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