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Codie crowned best cricketer

Tuesday, 5th April, 2011

DESERVING WINNER: North captain Codie Howard was last night named as Broken Hill’s best cricketer for the second consecutive year. DESERVING WINNER: North captain Codie Howard was last night named as Broken Hill’s best cricketer for the second consecutive year.

By John Casey

North star Codie Howard was last night crowned as Broken Hill's best cricketer for 2010-11 in a thrilling finale to the local season.

Howard, who led North to this season's grand final, made it consecutive wins in the Barrier District Cricket League's most prestigious individual award by holding off West duo Nick Christos and Curtis Jelbert to win by one vote.

North's Tobias Hack and Jarred Paull (Central) were just one vote further back in a tie for fourth.

"Codie had a very consistent season and his record shows he is a very worthy winner of our highest individual honour," BDCL spokesman Peter Johnston said.

"He didn't poll many votes early in the season, but after Christmas he came with a rush and stormed home to win.

"What was surprising was that Codie didn't win any of the individual statistical awards, but his overall consistency got him across the line," Johnston added.

A right-arm medium pace bowler and right-hand batsman, Howard claimed 16 wickets and scored more than 200 runs for the Bulldogs this season, including a season high of 59 not out against South in January.

This season was the first time that umpires had been asked to adjudicate on the Cricketer of the Year award on a 3-2-1 vote basis. Previously, the BDCL executive had voted on the award.

In the B Grade division, Warriors star Bill Bergman captured the main individual honour, making it a double to remember after his team also broke their drought to claim the premiership.

Bergman was a tower of strength for the Warriors producing an unbeaten half century in game one of the grand final series against Central and remaining not out in game two as they secured the trophy.

Just prior to Christmas Bergman was in scintillating form with the bat, smashing back-to-back centuries against North and South, with a season high of 126 against the Roos.

Brilliant youngster Samantha Betts was also honoured last night, winning the Junior Cricketer of the Year award after being selected in the South Australian State team at both Under-16 and Under-18 levels.

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