David Smith of Cronkbourne Cricket Club has been named as the third ‘Standard Bank Player of the Month’ for 2013. This is the fourth season in which individuals who make an outstanding contribution in a match or who display a consistently high level of performance, have the opportunity to be recognised. During the year four awards are 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 IOM Newspapers and Gareth Dawson, the IOMCA Development Officer. Nominations for the period running to the end of August included: Will Wood, Greg Hawke, Bruce Wagstaffe, Wicus Wessels, and Andy Ronan.
Chris Till, Head: Technical Banking of Standard Bank, commenting on the announcement said: “It was yet another difficult decision this month, with some strong candidates. It was good to see the nominations came from across a number of clubs and highlights the breadth of talent in the island. All the nominees should be congratulated for their achievements, but after deliberation by the Panel, David was chosen following his excellent performances throughout the month which included a 98 in the Standard Bank Premiership, two further fifties (including a 72 n.o.) and an average of nearly 78.5 across all competitions.”
He added: “Standard Bank has been supporting the IOMCA for 18 years, and it is a delight to see the level and consistency in the standards of the players being nominated for this award. That is testament to the hard work that goes into Manx cricket by the IOMCA and the individual clubs. The panel and I look forward to reviewing the final Player of the Month for this season and to having what is set to be another difficult decision.”
Standard Bank sponsor 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.