Thursday, July 11, 2013

Big night for Bushy Park cricketers

Bushy Park Cricket Club life members
Karen and Shaun Fenton
Story and pictures by WADE GLEESON

THE Bushy Park Cricket Club trophy night was held at the Star & Garter Hotel in New Norfolk on June 21. Club captain Shaun Fenton and Troy "Wizard" Smith collected a swag of trophies. Smith, who hadn't played a full season in around five years, won the club's best & fairest award as voted by the players each week. It was fitting that Troy won this award as it is presented in memory of his brother the late Chris Smith. Well done Troy, I'm sure this meant a lot to you. Trent Grant won several awards which included a hat-trick in round one, while his brothers Nathan and Dylan also featured in the awards.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of life membership to club stalwarts Karen and Shaun Fenton. The mother and son duo have given great service to the club since Shaun started playing in season 1998-99. Karen has filled most committee roles such as secretary, treasurer and vice president, and at times has taken multiple position in the one season. Karen has a great hands-on approach and anyone who has been to the cricket at Bushy Park will know how well Karen runs the canteen. Such is Karen dedication to the club that she continued helping while Shaun had a season off.

Shaun Fenton has captained the club for three seasons and has given great service. As well as helping out off field, he has become a fine cricketer making more than 1500 runs since the club joined the SCA, including 408 runs this season. In 2002-03 when the team won their first premiership since 1985-86, Shaun took a haul of six wickets for just six runs against the Eagles Cricket Club. Shaun has also become a very good wicket keeper and pace bowler.

Karen and Shaun should be proud of their efforts and thoroughly deserve their awards. Karen's daughter Megan is the club's secretary and is doing a great job following in her mum's footsteps. Finally well done to club president and player Nick Fenton for his hard work and thank you for inviting me to what was a most enjoyable function. Well done to Bushy Park on making the grand final in the past two seasons.  

Trophy winners
Batting aggregate: Shaun Fenton 408 runs
Batting average: Shaun Fenton 29.14
Bowling aggregate: Troy Smith 31 wickets
Bowling average: Troy Smith 11.26
Fielding: Dylan Grant
Most catches: Shaun Fenton 27
Most improved: Trent Grant
Most consistent: Troy Smith
Best in finals: Shaun Fenton
Duck trophy: Mitchell Crosswell
Butter fingers: Shaun Fenton and Danny Mason
Best and fairest as voted by the players: Troy Smith
Runner up best and fairest: Mitchell Crosswell

Special awards
Trent Grant: hat trick, Round 1 v DOSA
Nathan Grant: two five-wicket hauls against Derwent in Round 5, 5 for 10; and in Round 16, 6 for 39.
Life memberships: Karen Fenton and Shaun Fenton.

Trophy winners Dylan, Trent and Nathan Grant. 

Mitchell Crosswell and his Duck Trophy.

Troy Smith with his awards from the Bushy Park Cricket Club
trophy night. 

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