CLAIRE NICHOLAS AND UMAR MALIK RECOGNISED AT 2017 CRICKET WALES AWARDS
Western Storm star Claire Nicholas and up and coming batsmen Umar Malik were just two individuals who were recognised at the 2017 Cricket Wales New Caps Lunch held on Sunday 10th December at The SSE Swalec.
Former Wales Women’s captain Nicholas, capped over 100 times for Wales, won the inaugural John Derrick Award for the outstanding women/girls Player of the Year, in recognition of her major contribution to Western Storm winning the first ECB Kia Super League T20 title. Nicholas enjoyed an outstanding tournament opening the bowling and claiming the scalps of many international players on the way.
Malik was awarded the Geoff Holmes Award for the boys Player of the Year having scored over 800 runs for Wales U17’s including a top score of 195. He was commended by coaches on his work ethic, commitment and resilience throughout a highly successful season.
Other highlights of the awards lunch were the presentation of new caps to all the Wales U11 boys and the Wales U12 girls, older players capped in season 2017 for the first time, and Player of the Year Awards at each age level.
New caps were awarded to:
(Fahd AHMED, Abhijeet ASHOKKUMAR, Harry BURROWS, Sam BURTON, Rohan DONGA, Jack HOPE – BELL, Ethan JONES, James KELLAWAY, Roahn MOHINDRU, Will NORMAN, Tom NORTON, Gruffudd OWEN, Noah RICE, Oliver ROGERS, Joseph WHITE, Ben WILLIAMS, Zac WILLIAMS, Evan WITHE)
Beca Evans, Cara Thorne, Erin Haf Howell, Esther Woolley, Jasmine Smith, Kori-Lee Berry, Lauryn Gregory, Lola Robinson, Niamh Mansel, Olivia Forey, Poppy Watkins, Rosie Thomas, Safa Mohammed, Seren Jenkin, Seren Smale, Summer Wales
The Player of the Year at each age group was:
Under 11 – Gruffudd OWEN Under 12 – Zac Essenhigh
Under 13 – Callum Nicholls Under 14 – Luc Rees
Under 15 – Nathan Berry Under 17 – Umar Malik
Under 12 - Seren Smale Under 13 - Sophia Smale
Under 15- Alex Griffiths Under 17 - Charlotte Scarborough
Senior Women - Gabby Basketter (Accepted by Hannaa Zaman)
Thanks go to Glamorgan professionals Kiran Carlson and Connor Brown for presenting the awards at what is always one of the highlights of the Cricket Wales calendar.