Taylor Beard has won his second straight Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade medal in emphatic fashion following a brilliant season on the field.DAMEN FRANCIS March 6, 2014 4:10am
Echuca all-rounder Taylor Beard won his second straight Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade medal last night.
After sharing the spotlight last year, Echuca superstar Taylor Beard had it all to himself last night at Moama Bowling Club, where he won a second Goulburn Murray Cricket A-grade medal.
The all-rounder was a joint winner of the award with Moama’s Ralph Siede in the competition’s inaugural season, but was a clear winner this time around.
Beard polled 20 votes, twice as many as joint runners-up Greg Pearse of Bamawm-Lockington United and Kyabram Fire Brigade pair Tyrone Isitt and Daniel Kent.
South African all-rounder Isitt is in his first season at the club.
In nine A-grade matches, Beard amassed a competition-high 533 runs at an average of 66.63, including a highest score of 127, and snared 28 wickets at 8.61.
Only Tongala finger-spinner Darin Ohlsen took more wickets, with 29 at 7.83, to take out the bowling award.
Beard also contributed 51 runs and three wickets in four matches at Melbourne Country Week.
The association also named an All-Stars team for each grade.
Beard, Ohlsen, Kent, Isitt and Pearse were joined in the A-grade team by BLU import run machine Liam Gwynne, Echuca’s Curtis Townrow, Rochester Tigers trio Brad Major, Adam Ward and Grant Wachter, Rochester United’s Liam Ringin and Tongala wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Scowen.
In other awards, Echuca’s Steve Plumridge was named B-grade cricketer of the year, scoring 182 runs at 36.4 and taking 20 wickets at 7.9.
Brendan Martin from Rochester United won the C-grade cricketer of the year award, having tallied 572 runs at 52 and 14 wickets at 14.1.
Stanhope’s Cobey Aynsley picked up the D-grade award, after producing 307 runs at 51.2 and 15 wickets at 17.4.
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