28 June, 2021
Bowenville celebrates ripper cricket season
After a cricketing drought over the last decade, Bowenville cricketers had plenty of reason to celebrate at their end of season banquet in the Oakey Bowls Club.
A clean sweep of Central Downs Cricket Association (CDCA) club trophies for a side which fielded eight cricketers under the age of 21 in its line-up (five of whom were in the Grand Final team) under a debuting captain, was a significant feat.
Add to that list only one true ‘home’ game on their hallowed ground at Bowenville Homestead (home for the past seventy years) due to a crop of exotic burrs, and some may have been tempted to predict a challenging season ahead for this inexperienced team.
However, after being awarded the first round crown, (Sandy Hoopert Trophy ), Bowenville went on to win the ‘big bash’ T20 round (Bell Family Shield), and the Chicken/Madsen Shield for their results in the final round of normal competition.
As minor premiers, they then focused on the grand final to complete a triumphant season for players, club supporters and sponsors.
Various Bowenville players produced impressive performances for the team, and across the CDCA competition, with eight Bowenville players selected into CDCA’s representative side during the season.
Toowoomba Grammar School student, Arshvir Singh, had the best batting average in CDCA and at Bowenville, while Ghulam Mustafa made the most runs for the club and finished in the top four best batsmen in the association.
Chaz Cheatley took the most wickets for Bowenville, and was just one wicket off CDCA’s most successful bowler.
Ajay Kumar had the best bowling average for Bowenville and the association.
Angus Paton had a good year behind the stumps and snagged six good catches for the year to win the club’s wicket-keeping trophy, and Justin Reck was named Best Fielder for the season.
Danny Johnstone took most catches for CDCA and Bowenville, and his efforts on the field saw him awarded Bowenville’s inaugural Wolski Family Trophy for Sportsmanship.
Rahul Suresh was Bowenville’s Cricketer of the Year for his all round performances, while Club secretary Brendan Cahill was awarded the Cockburn Family trophy for the most committed player.
- Lindsay Evans