Jamie Saunders (centre) won the Max Thorley Memorial Colt of the Year award and was named player of the year in Warwick cricket. He is with Max’s brother Geoff and father Joe.
Jamie Saunders (centre) won the Max Thorley Memorial Colt of the Year award and was named player of the year in Warwick cricket. He is with Max’s brother Geoff and father Joe. Gerard Walsh

Excellence rewarded in Warwick

BREED A Bull must be working in Warwick cricket as one of last year's winners, Jamie Saunders, has become the first player to win the colt and player of the year awards in the one season.

Each year, two players win spots alongside former state players in the annual Wanderers touring side through the Breed A Bull promotion.

The colt of the year award has been renamed the Max Thorley Memorial Colt of the Year this year and is determined by season statistics of players under 21.

Saunders was the top colt and then won player of the year.

"The Wanderers tour helped a bit, I learnt from everyone around me," Saunders said.

"Former Test wicketkeeper Ian Healy helped me with my keeping and I learnt a lot from batting with Bulls player Joe Burns. It was good to watch how he built an innings.

"You could see how the players cared about their performances even though it was social cricket."

Warwick cricket award winners

Bowling average: AJ McQueen (Wheatvale) 4 runs per wicket.

Bowling aggregate: Brett McEvoy (RSL Diggers) 26 wickets.

Batting average: Jamie Saunders (RSL Diggers) 62 runs.

Batting aggregate: Jamie Saunders (RSL Diggers) 558.

Denis Rettke Memorial All-rounder of the Year: Brett McEvoy (RSL Diggers) 6.94.

Player of the Year: Jamie Saunders (RSL Diggers) 11 points, Michael Bourke runner-up 10.

Most catches: Jason Steketee (Maryvale) 10.

Most dismissals, wicketkeeper: Brad Johnson (Sovereign Animals) 9.

Representative Player of the Year: Kev Poole (RSL Diggers).

Max Thorley Memorial Colt of the Year: Jamie Saunders (RSL Diggers).

Reserve grade Player of the Year: Matt Kiernan (Allora) 8, runner-up Tony Munro 4.

Breed a Bull Wanderers trip winners: Mitch Siebenhausen (Maryvale) and Hugh Wren (Wheatvale).

  President's Award: Warwick coach Peter Kimmince.


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