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Gilbert?s big awards night

Bellingen cricketer Justin Gilbert, claimed four major awards, including the big one ? the Bill Rae medal.
Bellingen cricketer Justin Gilbert, claimed four major awards, including the big one ? the Bill Rae medal.



BELLINGEN all-rounder Justin Gilbert ended Colts skipper Craig Haworth's stranglehold on the Bill Rae medal on Friday night when he was crowned Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association best and fairest for 2004-2005.

Haworth was shooting for his fifth consecutive Bill Rae medal, but a combination of his quiet season and Gilbert's outstanding form put paid to that idea.

Few would argue Gilbert was the best performed player of the summer.

Along with Bellingen teammate Jordan Moran, Sawtell pair Todd Gill and Jason Hughes and Tigers spin twins Hugh Campbell and Mickey Lawrence, Gilbert dominated the competition.

If he wasn't taking wickets (32 at 11.71 for the season), he was scoring valuable runs in Bellingen's top order.

The former Gold Coast first grader also claimed the bowling average and aggregate trophies.

By the end of the night, Gilbert needed a wheelbarrow to haul away his winnings after claiming the two bowling awards, the Bill Rae medal and the Darren Goodger Trophy for the bestperformed all-rounder, which he shared with Gill.

It was a big night for Bellingen players, with young wicketkeeperbatsman Jordan Moran leaving with two major awards and his father, Chris, being named first grade captain of the season, as selected by the Umpire's Association.

Jordan topped the batting lists with 358 runs, while Hughes claimed the averages with a Bradmanesque figure of 88 for each trip to the crease.

Moran shared the Ray Katz trophy with Lawrence after the two were judged the best performed under-21 players.

Both players represented Coffs Harbour first eleven and also earned selection in North Coast Cricket Council representative teams.

The other major individual award of the night ? for wicketkeeping ? went to Coffs Hotel Tigers' Matt Secomb.

First grade champions, Sawtell, took out the club championship.