Gareth Morris named top cricketer of 2012

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Castletown's Gareth Morris (right) receives the Manx Independent Player of the Year award from Isle of Man Newspapers' Andy Dalrymple

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Castletown's Gareth Morris (right) receives the Manx Independent Player of the Year award from Isle of Man Newspapers' Andy Dalrymple

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Castletown’s Gareth Morris took the top honour at the Isle of Man Cricket Association’s recent annual dinner.

The island star was named Manx Independent Player of the Year after an outstanding performance in the ICC Europe Division Two Championship in Corfu.

In blistering heat, Morris hit nearly 300 runs at an average of 37.

He smashed three 50s and was key to the Manx success.

There was more joy for Castletown when skipper Wicus Wessels was awarded the cups for best wicketkeeper and also top batsman. During the season he had cracked 567 runs at an average of 52.

Akkie Van Den Berg took the Greg Coulter Trophy as the 2012 season’s best bowler.

The St John’s stalwart claimed 38 wickets at a superb average of just under 10.

Ramsey’s Ollie Webster won two awards.

His haul of 25 catches was one of the reasons for his Best Fielder trophy.

Webster also gained the Nicholson Cup as Best All-Rounder with 622 runs and 29 wickets.

Cronkbourne swept the board in the Youth section.

Alex Stokoe was named best under-21 player and Matt Ansell was top u21 bowler.

Also on their honours list were Sam Kebbell (Best u15 player) and Jack Gerrard who took the Mark Webber Trophy as number one u13 player.

The Cain Millennium Trophy for services to Manx Cricket went to David Slack, the island’s fine web-master and Tromode groundsman.

Roy Corlett was awarded the Forrester Millennium for his excellent coaching work with the Finch Hill juniors.

Former Somerset skipper Peter Bowler gave a splendid speech and handed out the main individual cups.

The club trophies were presented by John Lindon (Isle of Man Bank) and Chris Till (Standard Bank).

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