The Bud Walder Medal vote count was held at Balwyn CC clubrooms to award the best performing player for Balwyn Cricket Club in any senior XI across the 2012/2013 season.
A large, bustling, rowdy crowd gathered to talk cricket, enjoy a magnificent BBQ, form vote group betting syndicates, have a chat with club legend and great character Buddy Walder, witness the vote count and see how everyone polled.
In typical fashion, Benn Goorwndon left no one unscathed as he read through the performances and votes of each Round. Six Rounds into the vote count several players had got off to a superb start to the season including Hailey, Jacob, Hanley, Baum, Martinstyen, O'Hern and Kiker all with around 7 to 9 votes. Buddy was well and truely up for grabs.
After 10 Rounds, with 3 Rounds remaining, Nick Hailey (18 votes) had a massive 5 vote lead over Michael Letcher (13) and Jacob Jacob (11). In the final 3 Rounds Jacob, stamping himself as a 2nd XI player, surged home with 5 votes, Letcher found form with the ball taking 12 wickets and acquiring 6 votes and Hailey's enormous five Pancake Parlour Player of the Round Awards and votes weren't added to.
The votes were tallied and, by a margin of 1 vote, Michael Letcher was announced the winner of the 2012/2013 Bud Walder Medal.
He becomes the third player to win the Medal twice and third player to win the award as captain.
19 - Letcher: 213 runs @ 19.4 (4 x 30+ runs), 24 wickets @ 16.6 (5 x 3+ wicket innings)
18 - Hailey: 398 runs @ 36.2 (7 x 30+ runs), 19 wickets @ 19.3 (3 x 3+ wicket innings)
16 - Jacob: 151 runs @ 30.2 (2 x 30+ runs), 19 wickets @ 13.5 (5 x 3+ wicket innings)
12 - Boland, Kiker
11 - Hanley
10 - Baum, Kennon, Looker
9 - Martinstyen, Young
8 - Keily
7 - Gleeson J, Jones, O'Hern, Tregear, Tuohey M
6 - Clarke D, Gordon B, Mackay, Mehta, Tehan, Woods
5 - Houston W, Janes, Sheehan, Tuohey P
4 - Gordon J, Martinich, McCready, Miles, Silvers, Thompson
3 - Bell, Courtney, McCarthy, McCormack, Ting, Tsesmalis C, Walpole, Weeramantry
2 - Harley, Houston D, Ramjee, Tsesmalis A, Wilks
1 - Belterman, Gleeson L, Greene, Oliver, Rennex