The 2016 Canterbury Cricket Awards Evening was held on Friday 8th April at Hagley Oval in the Hadlee Pavilion. Canterbury Cricket got together and celebrated some fantastic achievements that have occurred over the 2015/2016 summer of cricket.
This year we turned the venue purple for our Canterbury Kings Awards Section.
Congratulations to the following debut Kings players: Mike Hussey and Shane Watson (overseas professionals), Ed Nuttall, Leo Carter
We celebrated some notable contributions (more than 50 runs and 3 wickets) from the GPSS competition:
- Man on Match in 3 consecutive matches
- 57 v Wellington Firebirds at Basin Reserve
- 4-18 v Otago Volts in Dunedin
- 69 v Northern Knights at Whangarei
- 57 v Auckland Aces at Auckland
- 61 v Otago Volts in Dunedin
- 3-30 v Northern Knights at Whangarei
- 5-9 v Northern Knights at Hamilton
- 4-17 v Auckland Aces at Hagley Oval
- Top wicket taker for Canterbury Kings with 14 wickets in the GPSS competition
Logan van Beek
- 3-36 v Northern Knights at Whangarei
- 3-21 v Central Stags at Hagley Oval
- 76 v Auckland Aces at Hagley Oval
- Top run scorer for Canterbury Kings with 269 runs in the GPSS
- 51 v Otago Volts at Hagley Oval
- Debuted for Sydney Thunder as an overseas player including playing in the semi-final win v Adelaide Strikers
This year we had a special guest attend the awards, Jonty Foote. Jonty was the lucky winner of the Kings Fans’ Choice Award Competition. As a part of the prize Jonty was invited to come along to the Canterbury Cricket awards evening to announce the Kings Fans’ Choice Player of the Year. Watch the full interview with Jonty here.
Our fans put their voices together, and voted. Hundreds of votes came rolling in. The 4 Finalist were:
Winner: Congratulations Henry Nicholls the 2016 Kings Fans’ Choice Winner
Henry Nicholls quickly became an early fan favourite. All Kings Junior Members received a personalised letter from their favourite player, Henry proved to be popular having the most letter requests. Henry gave out more than 1100 cartoon players’ cards to his junior fans at games and at school visits showing he has really connected with our youngest fans. On the field, fans have enjoyed watching Henry progress from the Canterbury Kings to play in the T20 World Cup. Not only has he debuted this season for the Blackcaps but he also became the first Canterbury Kings player and one of the few New Zealand players to play in the Big Bash League. Henry debuted for Sydney Thunder, playing in the semi-final win v Adelaide Strikers. He built a 73 run partnership with Usman Khawaja and helped guide the Thunder to victory. This win was history making for the Thunder, as it was there first time to make the BBL finals.