Mattie & Nalisha named Young Players of the Season 2011
Mattie McKiernan, Lancashire’s U17 all rounder (right arm leg spinner and batsman) was named the “Cedric Rhoades Player of the Season” for boys and Nalisha Patel, Lancashire’s U13 all rounder (top order batter and off spin bowler) was named the Player for the Season for girls.
Both Mattie and Nalisha received their awards for 2011 at Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Development of Excellence Presentation Evening on Tuesday 6th September. The LCB and Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) held their End of Season Awards function for their Representative Youth teams in The Point at the Lancashire County Cricket Club, with 450 players and parents in attendance.
Mattie performed outstandingly well in 2011 in all aspects of his game. He has made a noticeable shift in the quality and consistency of his performance with both bat, ball and in the field. This is as a result of his continued drive to improve his skills and make the very most of his potential. He also Captained the Lancashire U17 side with a maturity beyond his years, leading from the front and being an excellent role model for others. His progress as a player has been recognised with selection at Lancashire U19 level and with our Second Team. Mattie plays his club cricket at Leigh CC and formerly went to Lowton High School, now at St John Rigby College.
Nalisha has had a tremendous season with both Lancashire at U13 and U15 levels. She has performed with both bat and ball, showing her all rounder status. She has batted at 3 and has put in some match winning innings, most memorable 91 v Cumbria following it up with 4 wickets with her off spin. Her bowling has improved greatly this year, she has shown control and maturity when bowling especially in the Finals at Derby. Nalisha has made the step up to U15s County and also is playing regularly for Bolton Women's team where her best figures were 3 for 5. Her continued drive to perform, improve and wear the red rose has meant she has excelled as an all rounder in 2011. Nalisha plays her club cricket at Horwich CC and goes to Bolton School (Girls Division).
The evening is aimed at celebrating and congratulating all involved with the Lancashire junior county age group squads, from players through to coaches and officials through to volunteers / parents.
Trophies were also presented to those players who achieved significant milestones during the season including centuries, 5-wicket hauls / victims, hat-tricks and outstanding wicket-keeping performances (see the recipients of Trophies below).
Lancashire Cricket Board’s Director Andrew Hayhurst presented the evening with John Heaton (Lancashire Schools Cricket Association Secretary) and John Stanworth (Academy Director). Guests of honour were: Geoff Ogden Lancashire’s Cricket Chairman, Cricket Director Mike Watkinson, Head Coach Peter Moores, First Team Captain Glen Chapple and First Team Player Karl Brown.
Andrew Hayhurst (LCB Director) commented: “On behalf of the Lancashire Cricket Board I’d like to congratulate all the players that have represented Lancashire this year. These players are the best players currently playing within their age groups and we hope some of these players will go on to represent Lancashire at a senior level. I also would like to thank all the managers and coaches who help ensure these squads perform to their highest level.”
John Stanworth (LCCC Academy Director) added: “Lancashire's Representative System continues to produce players of the qualities necessary to succeed at the next level. The refinement of our system with the Emerging Player Programme and the Academy programme provide further opportunities for this to be achieved. The successful progress of local players into a very competitive Lancashire's First Team this year has been enjoyed by many. It is evidence that the process of talent identification, selection and confirmation are continuing to move in the right direction in the County. My sincere thanks to the Team Managers, coaches, administrators and volunteers who help enormously with our young cricketers.”
John Heaton (LSCA) further commented: “This evening has been the biggest yet with around 400 players and guests in attendance in The Point. It was great to see the “family” of Lancashire Age Group cricket all gather together under one roof to celebrate the season and enjoy the successes.”
Stephen Titchard (LCB Performance Manager) finally commented: “Lancashire cricket has always had a strong passion and culture. The next generation of cricketers have a major role in promoting these values. The evening represented a chance for all players, parents and officials to celebrate what has been an exciting season. I would like to thank everyone for their support and enthusiasm.”
Throughout the season, every player’s results, whether for their representative team, school or club were recorded in the “Level of Excellence Database”. This year for the first time saw players enter in their figures online via a specifically designed Intranet for Excellence Cricket. These figures were then used, in conjunction with discussions between team coaches and managers, to select the players of the months and year. Full list of winners from the evening are available below.
ANNUAL AWARDS 2011
PLAYER OF THE SEASON (Girls)
NALISHA PATEL (Lancashire U13 & U15)
CEDRIC RHOADES PLAYER OF THE SEASON (Boys)
MATTIE McKIERNAN (Lancashire U17)
MONTHLY AWARDS 2011
Player of the Month – June:
GIRL: SOPHIE McARDLE (U15 & U17)
BOY: MARK WADDINGTON (U14 & U15)
Player of the Month – July:
GIRL: BHUMIKA DOSHI (U15 & U17)
BOY: MATTIE McKIERNAN (U17)
Player of the Month – August:
GIRL: HANNAH JONES (U13)
BOY: MATTHEW PARKINSON (U14 & U15)
INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES TROPHY WINNERS 2011
U11 Bowling Award July 2011
5 for 12 v Nottinghamshire
U11 (Girls) Bowling Award August 2011
5 for 2 v Hertfordshire
U12 Batting Award August 2011
107 v St Stithians SA
U13 Bowling Award June 2011
4 for 13 inc. Hat Trick v Northumberland
U13 Batting Award July 2011
105 v Cumbria
U13 (Girls) Bowling Award July 2011
5 for 5 v Yorkshire
U13 (Girls) Bowling Award August 2011
5 for 29 v Leicestershire
U13 (Girls) Catching Award August 2011
5 Outfield Catches v Somerset
U14 Bowling Award July 2011
6 for 11 v Lincolnshire
U14 Batting Award August 2011
103 Not Out v Cornwall
U15 (Girls) Bowling Award May 2011
6 for 10 v Northumberland
U15 (Girls) Bowling Award July 2011
5 for 7 v Durham
U16 Batting Award August 2011
134 v Durham
U14 Bowling Award July 2011
5 for 32 v Cheshire
UNDER 19 AWARDS
U19 Batting Award
136 v Cheshire
U19 Batting Award
118 v Middlesex
U19 Batting Award
115 v Yorkshire
EDWIN KAY TROPHY
Photos of award winners available in "Image gallery" (on the right). Photos by: Jenny Laycock.