The Napa Valley Cricket Club recently held its annual Player of the Year awards at the club’s main sponsor, Clos du Val winery.

A good season on the field with four wins and seven losses meant that competition was again strong this year for the four statistics-based awards. In addition to these, NVCC President Phil Bourke presented the annual President’s Award to a member who has contributed to the club over and above. The winner of the 2016 award was Leigh Ritchie. Ritchie, an Australian, has been a driving force in the social sub-committee and was honored by Bourke for his substantial behind the scenes work in 2016.

The winner of the “All Rounder” of the Year award was Martin Mackenzie. A stalwart of the club and strong contributor in all three cricketing disciplines, the New Zealander’s numbers for 2016 were impressive. Batting-wise, he had nine innings for 228 runs with an average of 38 runs and a high of 41 runs. In the bowling department, Mackenzie bowled 48.4 overs at a cost of 265 runs, taking eight wickets with an average of a wicket every 33.1 balls bowled. His best bowling performance of the season was 2 wickets for 9 runs. In the field, Mackenzie took two catches.

The individual awards for batting, bowling, and fielding were won by Australian John Leake, New Zealander Bernie Peacock, and American-born Pete Cameron, respectively.

Leake batted four innings for 246 runs with an average of 61.5 runs and a high of 92 runs. Peacock bowled 49.2 overs at a cost of 237 runs taking 15 wickets with an average of a wicket every 15.8 balls bowled and a season best in one game of 5 for 41. Cameron excelled in the field with seven catches, and he was also involved in two run-outs.

Club captain Rob Bolch handed out a number of milestone awards during the evening, with vice-captain Peacock receiving an award for his “Five-For” – five wickets in one game – against Bradshaw Cricket Club of Sacramento in September. Adersh Maqsood also joined the “Five-For” club with his five-wicket haul against the Marin Socials in May.

Now that the NVCC is five years old, a number of members have reached other milestones and were recognized. Pete Carson is the first NVCC player to have played 50 matches, while Bijoy Ojha passed the 1,000-run mark in 2016 with his total tally for NVCC standing at 1,020 runs. Both Bolch and Peacock went past the 50-wicket mark in 2016, with Bolch’s haul being 60, while Peacock is at 51 wickets taken.

Bourke also paid tribute on the evening to all of those who have made 2016 such a successful year both on and off the field. The NVCC toured to Scottsdale, Ariz. early in 2016, again were involved in the North Bay Last Man Stands, and ran a number of very successful and well-attended social events throughout the year.

As the awards ceremony drew to a close, Bourke presented members Carson and Andrew Healy with Lifetime Membership awards in recognition of the contributions both members have made to the NVCC since it was founded in 2012. Carson is responsible for managing all of the clubs ground work efforts, while Healy looks after all of the club’s scheduling and marketing work. Carson and Healy join Bourke as Life Members of the NVCC.

The Napa Valley Cricket Club thanks sponsors Clos du Val, Crown Hill Stone Supply, Silverado Resort & Spa, Tonnellerie Saint Martin, Cork Supply, Chandon, St. Helena Optometry, Anchor Steam, First Priority Financial, Compadres Rio Grille, Greg Norman Estates, Amcor, Biagi Bros., Ciatti, Lyve Systems Inc., Stone Universe, Blue Jean Black Design, TricorBraun WinePak, Calistoga Roastery, Napa Gourmet Foods, Napa Valley Body Connect, 3 rock marketing, Azmera Consulting, Bill Wagner Realtor, Bernie Peacock Mortgage Consultant, ZAM Apps.

The club is a California nonprofit with the purpose of establishing and running an amateur cricket club in the Napa Valley to further the social enjoyment and development of cricket and associated events within the area. It welcomes adult players of all skill levels. Visit napacricket.com for more information.

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