Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club celebrates successful year

THE Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club (MJCC) bid farewell to a prosperous season at its annual presentation night at Victoria Park on Wednesday.

Players, from under-10s to under-17s, and their families enjoyed a barbecue before the awards were handed out.

“It’s been a pretty successful year,” MJCC president Peter Cooper said.

“There were a couple of grand finalists, with both under-12 sides reaching the decider, and the under-17 Waghorn team winning the premiership.

“I also had a great committee behind me.”  

Josh Fuller’s century was registered as the outstanding achievement of 2017-18.

The under-17 star smashed an unbeaten 102 against Aberdeen on February 16. 

Cooper Gageler took home club champion of the year, while Lachlan Ballard claimed representative player of the year. 

Gageler amassed 98.30 points from 26 matches – 349 runs, 16 wickets, seven catches, six run outs, two stumpings and six retirements.

Ballard, in the under-16s, scored 110 runs at an average of 55.00.

The Gary Ballard ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Award went to under-10 player Mitchell Moss.

Boston Gageler, Campbell Schmierer, Kyle Eriksson, Joel Hartin and Tom Scowen were also recognised for their dedication and enthusiasm to the Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club.

Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club 2017-18 awards

Under-10s

Most Improved: Darcy Troon

Coaches Award: Campbell Deakin

Gary Ballard ‘Spirit of Cricket’ Award: Mitchell Moss

Under-12s Team Gill

Most runs and best batting average: Harry Scowen 

Most wickets and best bowling average: Ben Fitzgerald

Most Improved: Hayden Deakin

Coaches Award: Connor Ross

Under-12s Team Hallett

Most runs and best batting average: Cooper Gageler

Most wickets and best bowling average: Cooper Gageler 

Most Improved: Emmet Turner

Coaches Award: Xander Scott

Under-14s Team Bower

Most runs and best batting average: Andrew Cooper 

Most wickets and best bowling average: Andrew Cooper  

Most Improved: Dylan Webster

Coaches Award: Alex Blayden 

Under-17s Team Waghorn

Most runs and best batting average: Lachlan Ballard  

Most wickets: Jesse Wilks   

Best bowling average: Lachlan Ballard  

Players’ Player: Josh Fuller

Under-17s Team Badior

Most runs: Alex McNeill   

Best batting average: Fletcher Turner 

Most wickets and best bowling average: Fletcher Turner  

Players’ Player: Zane Hartin

Outstanding achievements –

Josh Fuller: 102* against Aberdeen 16/02/2018

Dedication and enthusiasm to Muswellbrook Junior Cricket Club: Boston Gageler, Campbell Schmierer, Kyle Eriksson, Joel Hartin, Tom Scowen

Representative Player of the Year: Lachlan Ballard

Club Champion of the Year: Cooper Gageler 

Upper Hunter representative cricketers 2017-18

Cooper Gageler: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley

Harry Scowen: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley, Central North

Hunter Schmierer: Upper Hunter

Jimmy Kane: Upper Hunter

Tom McLean: Upper Hunter

Emmet Turner: Upper Hunter

Andrew Cooper: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley

Alex McNeill: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley

Lachlan Ballard: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley, Central North

Josh Fuller: Upper Hunter

Daltyn McCartney: Upper Hunter

Jack Pennell: Upper Hunter, Hunter Valley