The Central Districts Cricket Association Players of the Year for the recently completed season have been announced.
Devon Hotel Central Stags – Kruger van Wyk
In his second season with the Stags, Kruger demonstrated that hard work and dedication will produce results. He was a dominant player throughout the season, either through his middle order batting or excellent glove work behind the stumps. His exemplary work ethic was evident throughout the season and he was a major contributor to the leadership group of what was a young side.
Kruger was at his best during the Plunket Shield, where he finished the season with 638 runs at an impressive average of 91 from eleven innings. The feature of his batting was that his big innings (two centuries and four fifties) were made when his side needed it the most and resulted in the winning or saving of games for his side.
Throughout the season his wicket keeping was of the highest standard resulting in 36 dismissals across all three formats of the game for the Stags.
His efforts domestically saw him deservedly called into the BLACKCAPS where his performances in the three tests against the touring South Africans again highlighted his gritty and fighting character.
Central Hinds – Rachel Priest
In what was a tough season of rebuilding, Rachel led a young Hinds team by example both on and off the field.
Rain had a big impact on results but in the games that were played Rachel topped the Hinds Action Cricket Twenty20 batting aggregates with 283 runs (4th nationally) at an average of 35 with a top score of 106 not out. Opening the batting Rachel was always dominant from the first over dispatching anything lose and some that were not so. Her power hitting was impressive all around the wicket. She was also second in the Hinds Action Cricket Cup run aggregates with 117 runs at an average of 39.
As the season unfolded and Rachel’s confidence grew, both in herself and the players around her, her captaincy decision making developed and became more proactive.
At all times her wicket keeping was top rate and it was only injury that stood in the way of a recall to the White Ferns. Standing up to almost all the bowlers Rachel completed six stumpings and in a couple of instances these wonderful pieces of fielding almost proved to be match winning performances on their own.
This is the second time that Rachel has won the Life Member’s Award after her initial honour in 2009/10.