Riley Ward and Sub Parks take Honours at Cricket awards night

A stunning start to the season by talented Sub Parks batsman Riley Ward saw Riley named the Sam Scuderi Medallist -Townsville Cricketer of the Year at the associations awards night held last night. Riley had a stellar start to the season scoring 571 runs at an average of 142 in the 8 matches Riley played at the start of the season before moving in January to WA for the opportunity to further his cricket endeavours.  Riley had polled enough votes to hold off his fellow Sub Parks team mates Jamie Heit and Sean Denaher to win the prestigious award.

Sub Parks club continued to collect awards through the night winning the Club Championship for 2013/14 season and saw young bowler Justin Dixon named the Townsville Cricket Colt of the Year.

The night also saw Peter Wilshire and Bob Farrell awarded Life Membership of Townsville Cricket for services to the game and association.

While Cyclone Ita played its hand last weekend with rain cancelling the final series and bringing the season to a damp end, “the overall season was a good season for cricket in Townsville” said Peter Raffles, President of Townsville Cricket. “ the season saw a growth in junior and senior team and closeness in the competition saw the spots in the final series not sorted till the last rounds” . “the strength of cricket in Townsville has also been shown through the number of players from the region achieving high representative honours with local players achieving Australian and Queensland selections throughout the year” Peter said.

Townsville Cricket Awards for 2013-14 season-

 Sam Scuderi Medalist – Cricketer of the Year                         Riley Ward

Colt of the Year                                                                                Justin Dixon Club

Champions 2013-14                                                                        Suburban Parks   

Life Membership awarded to                                                     Peter Wilshire & Bob Farrell

A Grade Premiers                                                                           Suburban Parks               

T20 A grade Winners                                                                     Suburban Parks

Reserve Grade Premiers                                                              Suburban Parks

Third Grade Premiers                                                                    Saints

Fourth Grade Premiers                                                                 Wests 1


Billy’s Cricket Townsville Winter Academy

As well as international cricket matches this winter, Townsville will host some international quality cricket coaching this offseason with Billy’s Cricket Townsville Winter Academy.

Led by current Australian Bowling coach Craig McDermott, and with guest coaches Andrew Symonds, Stuart Law and Greg Chappell all providing their expertise, this 16 week program covers all areas of cricket- batting, bowling, fielding and includes covering nutrition and training plans.

The program starts on April 30, and will run on Wednesdays at Tony Ireland Stadium. For more information, please download the attached flyer, or contact Peter Fry

International cricket for Townsville this winter

Australia’s best up and coming cricketers will play South Africa A in two 4 day matches this August at Tony Ireland Stadium. The first match between the A sides will start on August 7, and the second a week later.

The Australia A squad includes test players Pat Cummins, Alex Doolan, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Starc and Cameron White.

The full preliminary squad is: Jason Behrendorff (WA), Cameron Boyce (QLD), Tom Cooper (SA), Pat Cummins (NSW), Ben Cutting (QLD), Alex Doolan (TAS), James Faulkner (TAS), Callum Ferguson (SA), Peter Forrest (QLD), Josh Hazlewood (NSW), Moises Henriques (NSW), Phillip Hughes (SA), Chris Lynn (QLD), Mitchell Marsh (WA), Peter Nevill (NSW), Steve O’Keefe (NSW), Kane Richardson (SA), Chadd Sayers (SA), Mitchell Starc (NSW), Cameron White (VIC), Sam Whiteman (WA).

more information – Cricket Australia press release

Townsville Bulletin article