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Bud Walder Medal 2016/2017

The Bud Walder Medal vote count was held at Gordon Barnard Reserve to award the best performing player for Balwyn Cricket Club in our 4 senior Sub District XI's across the 2016/2017 season. With the new 5th XI, as they were fixtured to play 7 more games, that advantage meant votes were not collected for their games.

 

It was great to have Bud there in person to congratulate the winner and for a lot of attendees, experience the great man in person for the first time. There are guys still at the club that have been lucky enough to have played with the champion, but for the young players from our new generation to meet the outgoing character in person and get a feel for what a competitor he is was great for those in attendance and to pass on his legacy.

In the vote count, looking to impress his new team mates, Brendan Hoornweg got his season off to a flyer and was the early bolter, leading after 4 Rounds.

 

Carey and Jones had slow starts and brought their absolute best in the mid to latter part of the season, and Duckworth was consistent quality throughout, stepping up with the bat, when required, to give himself a real chance at the award.

 

Greene was at his explosive vote-garnering best, when focused, and Declan had a real breakout year with the bat, leading many innings to victory or a substantial score. All these players were thinking 'hey, I want to take Bud home tonight!'.

But there was one player that cut his swath through the crowd of Buddy Love - the votes were tallied and, by a margin of 30 votes, Lachlan Fitzpatrick was announced the winner of the 2016/2017 Bud Walder Medal.


Votes 2016/17

1 - Lachy Fitzpatrick 187 votes - 179 runs @ 19.9 (2 x 40+ runs), 32 wickets @ 13.6 (6 x 3+ wicket innings, 8 x 2+ wi.)
2 - Steve Duckworth 149 - 199 runs @ 39.8 (2 x 40+ runs), 28 wickets @ 13.5 (4 x 3+ wicket innings, 8 x 2+ wi.)
3 - Mitch Carey 130 - 216 runs @ 27.0 (2 x 40+ runs), 24 wickets @ 15.4 (5 x 3+ wicket innings, 7 x 2+ wi.)
4 - Matt Jones 123
5 - Brendan Hoornweg 118
6 - David Bell 115
7 - Will Houston 114
8 - Declan Kerr-Lawley 112
9 - Liam Murphy 107
10 - Dom Greene 103
11 - Oliver Murray 97
12 - Adam Janes 97
13 - Kieran Michael 95
14 - Fraser Lane 93
15 - Liam Fitzpatrick 89
16 - Al Young 86
17 - Jackson Ellingworth 83
18 - Nick Carabine 82
19 - Luke Prior 79
20 - Luca Gambell 75
21 - Geoff Kiker 73
=24 - Nick Crawford, Michael Letcher, Clinton Kennon 69
25 - Christian Toppi 67
26 - Tom Polkinghorn 57
27 - Vihaan Narayana 56
28 - Melan 55
=30 - Peter Martinich, Deelan Ramjee 54
=32 - Guy Looker, Doug Warren 52
33 - James Lowrie 48
34 - Griffin McComb 47
35 - Rael Belterman 46
36 - Chris Wilks 41
37 - Zak Sone 37
38 - Ollie Maharaj 36
39 - Julian Kerr-Lawley 31
40 - Dan Kiely 30
41 - Will Ong 27
=43 - Julian Toppi, Harrison Free 25
44 - Bill Bangash 24
45 - James Dimmatina 22
46 - Harris Carlin 20
47 - Scott Huntley 19
48 - Sam Garrard 18
49 - Ben Thiele 17
50 - Rob Forrest 14
51 - Flynn Maguire 12
52 - Oscar Wyer 10
53 - Al Hardie 9
=55 - Jakob Devine, Riley Lord 7
56 - Oliver D'Amico 6
=58 - Tim Sheehan, Shawn D'Souza 5
59 - Angus Molden 4
60 - Jake Gordon 3
61 - Nick Courtney 2
=63 - Will McCredie, Jon Thiele 1


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