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                                 2018 PRESENTATION NIGHT

BAPTIST LANDS TOP JUNIOR AWARD

SESSAY all-rounder Craig Baptist was named Gem Construction Young Player of the Year at the annual HPH York Vale Cricket League awards night.
He was one of six teenagers who received an Award of Excellence for their achievements last season.
The other five to be honoured were Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Oliver Parsonage (Selby), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington). 
Fourteen-year-old Baptist was a key player in Sessay’s victorious maiden season in the league, opening the batting, bowling leg-spin and also keeping wicket. He unveiled a vast array of strokes in scoring 384 runs at an average of 54.8, his highest score being 90 at Burn II. He had three further scores of more than 50 and won two Press Performance of the Week awards.
The Club of the Year award, sponsored by Scothern Construction, was won by Hirst Courtney, who were described as “epitomising the essence of a village cricket club”.
Hirst, who joined the league in 2007, consistently scored high marks for sportsmanship on opponents’ scorecards during 2018 with one opposition captain describing then as “a pleasure to share the field of play with.” It consistently scored high marks for the quality of its cricket teas and gained 100 per cent green flags for quality of its pitch which is cared for by 70-year-old Dave Howsam, who also played every game last season.
Another ever-present at Hirst is Shirley Briggs who has not missed a single match as scorer. She has done this for more than 12 years both at Hirst and previously at Thorpe Willoughby. 
Paul Scothern, of Scothern Construction, the award sponsors, presented Hirst chairman Ian Forbes with an engraved award and a cheque for £400.
Two more people were inducted into the Hall of Fame – Alan Fletcher of Ovington and current league chairman Shane Hargrave.
Fletcher first played for Ovington in the 1980s and now is its chairman and groundsman, having overseen a remarkable development at the club. When he joined, there was one team, struggling in division two of the Vale League. Now, the club has three senior Saturday teams, an Evening League team, and junior teams at under-9, under-11, under-13 and under-15 level. This junior success is down in huge part to Fletcher, who established the club’s junior system.
Hargrave was secretly nominated by members of the league committee to recognised his huge contribution to the league.
After a long playing career as a wicketkeeper with Askham Bryan he took over the role of league secretary in 1982 and was instrumental in re-branding the league from the Saturday League to the York Vale League. He also played a key role in establishing the sponsorship with chartered accountants HPH in 1993 and became chairman six years ago.
The Tea of the Year award, sponsored by Jelf Insurance, was won for the fourth time in five years by Ruth Steels (Melbourne).
Robert Woolley, of main sponsors HPH, presented individual divisional awards and the HPH Cup to Clifton Alliance skipper Jason Gatus. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the accountancy firm’s sponsorship of the league – one of the longest partnerships in local sport in the country.

The awards were held at the Regen Centre for the third successive year and hosted by Andy Atkinson of BBC Radio York. A raffle for cricket kit donated by Lord’s International, raised £552 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Below are a selection of photographs from the e
vening taken by photographer David Harrison. They can be purchased from his website www.dharrisonyorkphotos.smugmug.com

 Hall of Fame inductee Alan Fletcher (right) with Vale League chairman Shane Hargrave, who was also inducted to the Hall of Fame during the evening


Matthew Shipley (Westow) receives the Division One trophy from Robert Woolley, of main sponsors HPH

                                         

Jacob Stephenson (Westow) receives the Division One batting award from Robert Woolley

                                                     

                                                  Scott Coupland (Melbourne) with the division One bowling award


  

                                 Joint Stockton & Hopgrove captains Dan Fairclough and Jamie Kerrison receive 

                                                                                the Division Two trophy


                                      Ben Copeland (Hirst Courtney), the Division Two batting award winner


Division Two bowling award winner Dan Fairclough (Stockton & Hopgrove)


Alan Robson (Sessay) accepts the Division Three trophy


Andrew Dawson (Sessay) won both batting and bowling Division Three awards


Jason Gatus (Clifton Alliance) accepts the HPH Cup from Robert Woolley


                         Hirst Courtney chairman Ian Forbes receives the Club of the Year award from Paul Scothern


   Winning Scothern Construction Cup skipper Alan Robson (Sessay) receives the trophy from Paul Scothern


Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance II) receives the Prendergast Memorial Trophy


                              The Guy Mitchell Cup was presented to Stockton & Hopgrove captain Dan Fairclough


Young Player of the Year Craig Baptist receives his award from Mike Green, of award sponsors Gem Construction Ltd watched by other teenagers who received Awards of Excellence - Henry Sumner (Pocklington), Joseph Hodge (Clifton Alliance), Jack Walmsley (Ovington) and Max Wilson (Dunnington). Oliver Parsonage (Selby) was unable to attend


Jacob Stephenson , left, of Westow, receives the Les Kirby batting award from Josh Fletcher from Ovington, the club who provide the trophy


Scott Coupland (Melbourne) receives the Les Kirby bowling award


Melbourne's Matt Beevers accepts the Harry Smith wicketkeeping award from league committee member Mike Hamshere, right


Ruth Steels (Melbourne) won the Tea of the Year award for the fourth time in five years


Osbaldwick's Sam Thompson, left, accepts the Foss Division One trophy from FEL committee member Ian Holmes. Thompson also accepted the divisional player of the year award on behalf of team-mate Tom Young


Sam Appleton (Barmby Moor) is presented with the Foss Division Two trophy and also accepted the divisional player of the year award for Tom Stubley


Alex Machen (Thixendale) with the Foss Division Three trophy. He also won the player of the year award for the division

Londesborough Park's George Drewery receives the Foss Division Four trophy 


Jamie Kerrison was named as the Foss Division Four player of the year



 

           









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