BOLTON LEAGUE: Northrop claims player-of-the-year award
ASTLEY Bridge wicketkeeper Rick Northrop has been named Bolton League’s amateur player of the season.
Northrop won the award – voted for by his fellow players – for the first time in his 21st season in first-team cricket after finishing as the leading amateur run scorer with 939 runs.
The 37-year-old also took 26 catches and stumpings to surpass Jon Partington’s all-time League career record of 609 victims.
Farnworth SC’s Tim Rees took the batting prize and Egerton’s Amal Dalugoda finished as best bowler – both prizes are awarded to the top amateurs with the best averages.
Westhoughton’s Qaiser Abbas was voted top professional.
Bolton League roll of honour
Batting: Tim Rees (Farnworth SC) Ave 45.38.
Bowling: Amal Dalugoda (Egerton) Ave 11.79.
Fielding: Adam Halton (Heaton) 18 catches.
Wicketkeeping: Pete Halliday (Horwich) and Christian Walsh (Farnworth SC) 47 victims.
Fastest 50: Ryan Ayres (Walkden) 22 balls.
Most sixes: Richard Hamblet (Kearsley) 22.
Best bowling performance: Rakeb Mahmood (Little Lever) 9-89.
Highest individual score: Tim Rees 144*.
Neatest scorebook: Richard Blagg (Eagley).
Professionals’ prize: Qaiser Abbas (Westhoughton).
Amateur player of the year: Rick Northrop (Astley Bridge).
Batting: Jake O’Byrne (Eagley) Ave 54.63.
Bowling: Robbie Holgate (Horwich) Ave 11.68.
Fielding: David Shuttleworth (Eagley) 15 catches.
Wicketkeeping: Jon Partington (Westhoughton) 35.
Best bowling performance: Jason Dunning (Westhoughton) 8-21.
Highest individual score: Neil Hyde (Farnworth) 230*.
Neatest scorebook: Pauline Ashton (Eagley).