18th Nov 2023

On Fri 17th November, in the attractive new venue on the first floor of Northumbria University Students Union, the NEPL annual presentation evening recognised SNCC individual & team successes.

Gordon Halliday, retiring NEPL Secretary after 11 years, was presented with a cricket print of the Riverside & thanked sincerely for his outstanding contribution by Chairman Adrian Wood. Gordon was also nominated for the inaugural Keith Robson Memeorial Bowl for service to cricket. This award was won by Trevor Walker of Hetton Lyons.

Nik Gorantla was recognised as Premier Division Player of the Year (I 13, no 4, runs 678, avg 75.33, 50x3,100x3), an outstanding first season. Oli McGee,  with 40w (5x4wkts) was among 4 other nominees.

Angus Southern (432 runs) & Charlie Wilson (375 runs) were nominated for Sunday Division 1 Player of the Year but just missed out to Ethan Dixon of Hetton Lyons.

Following another extremely entertaining after dinner reminisce by Geoff Miller, Angus Southern collected the 2nd X1 T20 trophy, Academy captain Ben Sidney-Wilmot, the Sunday Division 1 glass trophy & Oli McGee the Premier Division Champions Cup; the 15th time SNCC have been 1st team champions since the formation of the NEPL in 2000.

Craig Thompson & Liam Dodgson just missed out on the 'Groundsman of the Year' award which went to Jake McCann of Chester-le-Street.

Nik Gorantla, Oli McGee, Sam Ewart, Angus Southern, Ben Sidney- Wilmot, Charlie Wilson, Selina Wilson, Phil Ewart, John Ruddick & Duncan Stephen enjoyed convivial company & some good food.

Three NEPL trophies in one year, a Player of the Year Award, plus the Women's league title & a third place finish for the 1864's, something to aim to emulate in 2024. Please winter well.




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