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.
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 1235 - Brendan Hoornweg 1186 - David Bell 1157 - Will Houston 1148 - Declan Kerr-Lawley 1129 - Liam Murphy 10710 - Dom Greene 10311 - Oliver Murray 9712 - Adam Janes 9713 - Kieran Michael 9514 - Fraser Lane 9315 - Liam Fitzpatrick 8916 - Al Young 8617 - Jackson Ellingworth 8318 - Nick Carabine 8219 - Luke Prior 7920 - Luca Gambell 7521 - Geoff Kiker 73=24 - Nick Crawford, Michael Letcher, Clinton Kennon 6925 - Christian Toppi 6726 - Tom Polkinghorn 5727 - Vihaan Narayana 5628 - Melan 55=30 - Peter Martinich, Deelan Ramjee 54=32 - Guy Looker, Doug Warren 5233 - James Lowrie 4834 - Griffin McComb 4735 - Rael Belterman 4636 - Chris Wilks 4137 - Zak Sone 3738 - Ollie Maharaj 3639 - Julian Kerr-Lawley 3140 - Dan Kiely 3041 - Will Ong 27=43 - Julian Toppi, Harrison Free 2544 - Bill Bangash 2445 - James Dimmatina 2246 - Harris Carlin 2047 - Scott Huntley 1948 - Sam Garrard 1849 - Ben Thiele 1750 - Rob Forrest 1451 - Flynn Maguire 1252 - Oscar Wyer 1053 - Al Hardie 9=55 - Jakob Devine, Riley Lord 756 - Oliver D'Amico 6=58 - Tim Sheehan, Shawn D'Souza 559 - Angus Molden 460 - Jake Gordon 361 - Nick Courtney 2=63 - Will McCredie, Jon Thiele 1
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