Shaun Kelly of Ramsey Cricket Club has been named as the first Standard Bank Player of the Month for this season.
The initiative, which is in its fourth season, is an opportunity to recognise individuals who make an outstanding contribution in a match or who display a consistently high level of performance. During the season four awards will be up for grabs by players nominated by the Isle of Man Cricket Association (IoMCA).
The judging panel includes Chris Till of Standard Bank, Andy Dalrymple of Isle of Man Newspapers and Gareth Dawson, the IoMCA development officer. Nominations for the period starting in April and running to the end of May included Bruce Wagstaff, Luke Lacey, Wicus Wessels, Alex Stokoe, Tom Reader and Ollie Webster.
Till, head of technical banking of Standard Bank, commented on the first award: ‘It was a pleasure to see a number of strong nominations for the first Player of the Month award spread across a number of clubs, and we would like to congratulate each on their achievements.
‘The list of nominees was dominated by batting in general and it was a very close decision but after deliberation the panel decided on Shaun for his excellent performances throughout the period which included an unbeaten century, two 50s (one unbeaten) and over 300 runs in total at an average of over 60 across all competitions plus some good bowling performances in the Standard Bank Premiership.’
He added: ‘As lead sponsor of various cricket competitions in the island we are delighted to also encourage individual excellence within a fantastic team sport and the level of contribution from all the nominees demonstrates the tremendous strength of Manx cricket.
‘The panel and I look forward to having another difficult decision when we judge this month’s nominees.’
Standard Bank is supporting the IoMCA for the 18th consecutive year and currently sponsors the Standard Bank Premiership, the 20/20 leagues, the Knockout Challenge Trophy, the Blincoe Cup and the Six-a-side competition
The winner of the Standard Bank Player of the Month receives a £50 sports voucher, a Standard Bank shirt and cap plus a certificate.