Hampshire VICC celebrate most successful season in 2012.
The visually impaired Hampshire side took some time out to celebrate their most successful season to date and honour their top performers.
The team finished as runners up in National Division 1 and finished 3rd in the T20 knocout competition. Their remarkable season saw 2 of their number make the England team, Andy Powers smashing 2 centuries during the ashes campaign and ebutant Matt Paige thrash a quickfire 50 at the T20 world cup in India.
Hampshire were also well represented at the national awards, Jonathan Lewis picked up partial batsman of the year averaging well over 60. This is an even more remarkable achievement as Jon is considered a low partial because of his low levels of vision and he is the first player from this sight category to pick up a national award. Club captain ian Tiny” Morris was shortlisted for the blind batsman, bowler and player of the season but managed to miss out in all 3 categories.
Saturday though was about the club honouring its own, the team were delighted to have Simon Jones of the Hampshire cricket board to hand out the medals and prizes, and many relished the photo opportunity with the CB40 and T20 trophies that had been borrowed from the sighted teams trophy cabinet.
The team are now looking forward to the new season and the chance to get back on the pitch and push for more honours.
2012 season award winners.
Batsman of the year – Jonathan Lewis
Bowler of the year – Tiny Morris
Fielder of the year – Ryan West
Players player of the year – Jonathan Lewis
Captains Player of the year – Chris Smith
Most improved Player of the year – Chris Smith
Graham Carter Cup for best young player – Paige Lillywhite
Blinder of the year – Tiny Morris
Champagne moment – Mark Oliphant (very part time bowler starts his spell with 5 wides, finishes with 4-16 in 2 overs)
By Tiny Morris