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Two first time winners of the Peter Burge and Kath Smith Medals have been awarded at last night’s KFC Queensland Premier Cricket Awards Dinner, with Bryce Street and Mikayla Wrigley taking out the crowns as season 2022-23’s Male and Female Players of the Year.
Street’s move from Sandgate-Redcliffe to University of Queensland proved to be fruitful for the Queensland contracted player, dominating the season with the bat and the ball. The 25-year-old scored 1080 runs at an average of 67.5 across all formats (not including finals), with three centuries and six half centuries. His 201 not out against Ipswich was his best return, in what was a record-breaking opening partnership of 0/423d.
Street also performed soundly with the ball, claiming 29 wickets at 21.38, which included a haul of 8/48 in round eight against Toombul.
Wrigley became the inaugural Kath Smith Medalist from the Sunshine Coast Cricket Club, with the keeper / batter hitting 750 runs at an average of 50 to play a feature role in the Scorchers Katherine Raymont One Day Shield Premiership.
Both Wrigley and Street were named in their respective Teams of the Year.
Toombul’s Aubrey Stockdale and Kira Holmes were announced winners of the Most Improved U21 players. Stockdale took 48 wickets at 22.4, including a season best haul of 7/56. Holmes scored 865 runs at 34.6, including two centuries, and took 26 catches and 11 stumpings.
Northern Suburbs took home the Club Championship & the Damien Mullins Cup (First Grade Overall Champions), capping off a successful season for the Vikings.
Men’s First Grade Two-Day Team of the Year
Bryce Street (UQ)
Angus Lovell (UQ)
Harry Wood (Ipswich)
Sam Truloff (Wests)
Steven McGiffin (Wests)
Jack Wildermuth (Valley)
Harry Walker (UQ)
Harmon Sandhu (Souths)
Aubrey Stockdale (Toombul)
Jon Stimpson (Redlands)
Coach: Simon Belston (Redlands)
Women’s First Grade One-Day Team of the Year
Kira Holmes (Valley)
Georgie Boyce (Sunshine Coast)
Courtney Sippel (Gold Coast)
Mikayla Wrigley (Sunshine Coast)
Tess Cooper (Snadgate-Redcliffe)
Mikayla Hinkley (Valley)
Anlo van Deventer (UQ)
Sianna Ginger (valley)
Charli Knott (UQ)
Georgia Prestwidge (Valley)
Zoe Valencic (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
Coach: Daniel Book (Sunshine Coast)
Top Performances of the Season
KFC T20 Max Top Performances
The beginning of the season saw a new venture for club cricket take place, KFC T20 Max. A slew of state contracted players and aspiring professionals descended on South-East Queensland to compete in what is the country’s premier club cricket competition.
Josh Brown’s 157 and 146 not out were the top batting performances of the KFC T20 Max. His two six hitting exhibitions against Ipswich and University undoubtedly put him further on the radar than he already was, eventually earning his spot in the Brisbane Heat and Queensland One Day sides.
Will Crook’s 6/12 for University against Redlands was the best return for a bowler in the tournament. A special mention to Scott Rodgie who took 5/18 against Uni including a hat trick.
Tess Cooper dominated the Women’s KFC T20 Max, hitting the two top scores of 92 not out and 86 not out. Cooper hit a further two half centuries for the tournament, finishing as the top run scorer by over 100 runs.
Mikayla Hinkley took a remarkable 6/2 off only 2 overs against Wynnum-Manly, claiming the competition’s only five wicket haul.
One Day Top Performances
Bryce Street showed his class in the one-day competition, hitting a memorable 134 for University against his former side Sandgate-Redcliffe. Cameron Boyce was at his leg spinning best against his former side Toombul, taking 5/14 to lead Valley to victory.
Georgia Voll set a Women’s First Grade record in Round 28 against Wynnum-Manly, plundering 209 off 155. The 19-year-old batting sensation lead Sandgate-Redcliffe to 4/400 in that match, which included an opening stand with Tess Cooper of 329.
There were two seven wicket hauls in Women’s First Grade. Charli Knott’s 7/18 against Sandgate in Round 19, and Rebecca Kuiters 7/33 against the Sunshine Coast. Kuiters’ inspired effort helped lead Sandgate to a win defending the skinny total of 180. Knott’s bowling decimated Sandgate, UQ chasing the Gators 61 for the loss of 4 wickets.
Two Day Top Performances
There were a staggering 51 centuries in two day cricket this season, however three players stand above the rest. Bryce Street and Angus Lovell both scored double centuries for University, however Harry Wood’s 227 not out and 201 stand above the rest. Making Wood’s double double’s even more special is the fact they were in back-to-back matches. Wood and Lovell finished the year with three scores of more than 140 each.
Bryce Street not only scored big runs this season but finished with the best bowling figures too. His 8/48 in Round 8 against Toombul edged out the three 7 fas (Blake Maher, Aubrey Stockdale and Jack Sinfield). A special mention to Sinfield, who’s 7/83 earned him a man of the match in the Grand Final. Sinfield finished the year with 3 five + wicket hauls.