TAMWORTH’S representative cricketer of the year award has been shared by three talented young cricketers – Jack McVey, Angus McNeill and Matt Everett.
The trio won out in a close call from established top order batsmen Simon Norvill and Adam Lole while Tamworth District Cricket Association chairman Richard Bullock was a surprise third.
McVey, McNeill and Everett finished with nine points apiece from Lole and Norvill (8) and Bullock (7) and will receive their joint awards at tonight’s Tamworth presentations in Tamworth Cricket Ian “Butch” Southwell House.
McVey and McNeill both toured New Zealand with the Northern NSW Emus earlier this season and were instrumental in Tamworth’s march to a Country Cup Final at the Sydney Cricket Ground although they were unable to play in that January 12 decider because of their NZ tour.
Everett, who captained the NSW CHS side to England last season, skippered the Tamworth Second XI to a third straight Connolly Cup success last month.
It was his second successive year at the helm.
“He had a big year,” Bullock said.
“The amount of cricket he’s had and the level he’s played at is a godsend for him and our competition.
“We had a very good side in the Connolly Cup but the wickets don’t get themselves out.
“You have to be an astute captain to work them out. Matty is certainly an astute skipper.”
Bullock played under Everett and believes the teenager has a huge future.
So too, South Tamworth opening bowler McNeil and City United’s McVey.
“We almost lost Angus to Newcastle club cricket this season,” Bullock said.
“Fortunately he stayed up here and we might get another year out of him.”
McVey is at university in Newcastle and travelled back to play of a weekend.
“He is a talented young bowler.
“He’s come a long way this season. He had a great trip to NZ and that did him the world of good.
“He’s really been the quiet achiever in the Tamworth First XI this season.”