SIXTEEN-year-old George Puddephatt took the plaudits at Warkworth Cricket Club’s annual dinner held at the Sun Hotel on Friday, December 2.
The Duchess’s School sixth-former picked up the prizes for Most Improved Player and Midweek Player of the Season but it was his Young Player of the Year Award which drew the biggest cheer.
The John Puddephatt Trophy was endowed in honour of George’s grandfather in 2006 and it is safe to assume that John would have heartily approved of the boy’s bowling exploits in forcing his way into the First XI in the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, it was a good year for skipper-elect Adam Hall as he picked up Performance of the Season award for his match-winning four-for-eight spell in the Wilson Cup Final.
Adam’s new vice-captain, Dan Younger, bagged both batting and fielding trophies, along with the coveted man-of-the-matches award as Doug Potts added his name to the bowling trophy again.
For the Twos, captain Stevie Lee showed that he still has what it takes with batting, bowling and player of the season awards, while Mark Spoors refused to relinquish his stranglehold on the fielding trophy.
The assembled guests were royally entertained by guest speaker Fred Calvert and the Northumberland League’s Keith Marshall presented the awards, including, of course, the Wilson Cup to Doug Potts, won in the outgoing skipper’s last game in charge.