Sodhi and Gurrey win big at 2018/19 ND Awards

22 March 2019

Ish Sodhi and Katie Gurrey have dominated the 2018/19 Northern Districts Cricket Association Annual Awards.

Sodhi won the Daniel Vettori Award and Gurrey the Nicola Browne Award; newly introduced awards for the respective male and female cricketers of the year.

Sodhi had a fantastic season with both the red and white-ball, emerging as the leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield with 36 dismissals in seven matches, while taking nine wickets in six Burger King Super Smash matches.

Gurrey had an equally sensational summer which culminated in her receiving a first call-up to the WHITE FERNS. A Hallyburton Johnstone Shield hundred and four half-centuries in seven Burger King Super Smash innings meant Gurrey was one of the most consistent batswomen of the summer. Her 298 Burger King Super Smash runs, scored at a superb average of 42.57 and a strike-rate of 121.14, were the second-most in the competition.

Credit: Bruce Lim

Sodhi's performances also saw him named Plunket Shield Player of the Year, while Gurrey also took home a second award when she was confirmed as  the Spirit's Burger King Super Smash Player of the Year.

Another double-award winner was Spirit all-rounder Kate Anderson, who scooped the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield and Northern Premier League Player of the Year awards. The highlight of Anderson's season was undoubtedly the brilliant 160 not out scored in  a 308-run partnership with Felicity Leydon-Davis, which broke numerous records, including the highest individual score for the Spirit and the highest partnership for any wicket in New Zealand women's cricket.

Rounding out the High Performance Awards were Joe Carter winning the Ford Trophy Player of the Year and Daryl Mitchell being named the Knights Burger King Super Smash Player of the Year.

Carter averaged an incredible 123 at better than a-run-a-ball across five Ford Trophy innings, and joined Brett Hampton in setting a List A world record by scoring 43 runs off a single over.

Like Gurrey, Daryl Mitchell earned national honours for the first time after an all-round magnificent Burger King Super Smash campaign. Mitchell scored 323 runs, the third-most in the competition, and took six wickets at a very economical rate.

Full list of winners below:

Cricketer of the Year Awards
Nicola Browne Award: Katie Gurrey
Daniel Vettori Award: Ish Sodhi

High Performance Awards
Hallyburton Johnstone Shield Player of the Year: Kate Anderson
Burger King Super Smash Player of the Year, Spirit: Katie Gurrey
Burger King Super Smash Player of the Year, Knights: Daryl Mitchell
Plunket Shield Player of the Year: Ish Sodhi
Ford Trophy Player of the Year: Joe Carter

Service Awards
Service to Cricket Award: Murray Child
Allan McBride Trophy - Service to Junior Cricket: Karen Kyle
District Association Volunteer Groundsman of the Year: Simon Dodds

Playing and Officiating Awards
District Association Player of the Year: Freddy Walker
Northern Premier League Player of the Year: Kate Anderson
McCaw Lewis Maori Player of the Year: Oliver White
Young Female Cricketer of the Year: Emma Baker
Young Male Cricketer of the Year: Thorn Parkes
Umpire of the Year: Ash Mehrotra
Emerging Umpire of the Year: Thomas Nabbs

District Association and Club Awards
Northern Premier League T20 champions: Power
Northern Premier League 40-over champions: Power
Eric Petrie Cup: Greerton Cricket Club
Basil McBurney Trophy: Bay of Plenty Cricket
Brian Dunning Cup: Bay of Plenty Cricket
Fergus Hickey Rosebowl: Hamilton Cricket Association

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