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Cricket – RAMSI Crocs take out Major Award

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All those who received awards at the Cricket Presentation Night on 20 November.
The successful 2010 Cricket season in Honiara concluded with Presentation Night at the home of Club President, Tom Oppenheim, on Saturday 20 November.

The season began with a match between the Prime Minister’s Eleven and the Special Coordinator’s Eleven, with the Special Coordinator’s team recording a comfortable victory.  The traditional match between the Yacht Club and the Golf Club led into the season proper.

The four team competition – comprising the Barbarians, the RAMSI Crocs (civilian and PPF), the RAMSI Sharks (military) and the newly formed Wanderers – worked well and the standard of cricket improved throughout the season.  Every team won at least one game, with the RAMSI Sharks finishing the home and away season in top position. 

The final between the RAMSI Sharks and the RAMSI Crocs needed to be replayed after bad weather washed out the first attempt to find a winner.  In the replay, the RAMSI Crocs, captained by Special Coordinator Graeme Wilson, conjured up a surprise victory thanks to some accurate bowling, excellent fielding and steady batting. 

The Crocs passed the Sharks’ score of 92 with less than two overs to go.  The trophy was presented to the Crocs captain on presentation night along with other individual awards as follows:

Premiers 2010                              RAMSI Crocs
Best Batsman                               Raigan Howard
Best Bowler                                  Edward Dunn
Best All-Rounder                           Matthew Hodge-Kopa
Best Clubman                               Jim Downey
Encouragement Award                  Iain Burnett
Achievement Award                      Nihal Seneviratne

Progress has been made in developing cricket in Honiara over the past two years but much remains to be done, particularly in terms of getting the game into schools.  This will be a priority next year and will be taken forward with the help of a Youth Ambassador who will arrive early in 2011 to assist the development of cricket and AFL.

The Committee would like to thank all those who participated this year and we look forward to more cricketing fun in 2011 as the game spreads its wings.