Top contributors rewarded

March 16, 2018

Graham 'Fergie' Ferguson was the inaugural winner of the Spirit of Cricket award.

Commitment: Cricket Shepparton director of senior cricket Michael Van Dorsser received the Alby Wayman Award.

Numurkah's Michael Eckard was recognised as the joint best player at Melbourne Country Week along with Mooroopna's Will Hale (absent).

Dave D'Elia was named Umpire of the Year and received the Digger Lau trophy with Brett Sharp the recipient of the Jim Evans Most Improved Umpire Award.

Phil Absolom Snr and Brian Leahy congratulate each other on being inducted as life members of Cricket Shepparton Umpires Association.

Numurkah’s Liam Gledhill took out the top gong at Cricket Shepparton’s Lightfoot Medal awards night on Wednesday.

But there were plenty more star cricketers and contributors to the game that walked out of Shepparton Golf Club with trophies.

Two imports were dual recipients of the Kent Crosby Player of Melbourne Country Week award.

South African Michael Eckard received a trophy for scoring one of the highest Cricket Shepparton scores ever at country week, as well as a laminated scorecard to keep as a memento.

The Numurkah star shared the award alongside Will Hale, who bashed a century as well as being handy with the ball.

Along with players, umpires were prominent in receiving recognition for spending their weekends making the hard decisions.

Association president Dave D’Elia was the recipient of the Umpire of the Year award, while Brett Sharp was judged to be the most improved man in white.

With Sharp at the beginning of his umpiring career, some long-term stalwarts had their time in the spotlight with Phil Absolom Snr and Brian Leahy receiving life membership into the Cricket Shepparton Umpires Association.

For his tireless services to cricket in the region, Cricket Shepparton senior cricket director Michael Van Dorsser received the prestigious Alby Wayman Award.

In a new award at the association’s night-of-nights, Mooroopna volunteer and player Graham Ferguson was a popular choice for the Spirit of Cricket trophy.

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