MERCANTILE CRICKET ASSOICATION 96TH SEASON 2017/18
It is with pride and pleasure that I deliver this annual report for the Association's 96th season. We welcomed new clubs in Doveton North, Southern Lions, and Sunrise. In addition, seven existing clubs added new teams.
The season saw the Association continue to offer competition across 10 grades with 80 teams and 37 clubs represented.
Some 24 clubs (two thirds) played semi finals cricket, 15 clubs competed for the 10 grand finals with 9 different clubs winning premierships .
Significant changes to the "Laws of Cricket" created a lot of work for our Umpire executive members. We appreciate the successful recruitment of new umpires which begins in May of each year as well as the education, training and supervision by the executive members of our Umpire association that follows. Its pleasing to see some 95% of our 40 games of cricket each week having two umpires appointed.
Australia Day saw the annual match between under 21 players and our over 40 year old veterans narrowly won by the under 21's. Their 8 victory in this annual match sees has them one win behind the veterans who have won 9.
The Executive Committee congratulates all players who won batting, bowling and best and fairest awards in all ten grades. Congratulations also to the nine clubs who were successful in winning premierships:
Parkville Districts 2 - A Grade and B grade
Malvern - A Sunday
South Yarra - A Reserve
Emmanuel South Oakleigh - B Sunday
East Malvern Tooronga - C Sunday
Melbourne City - C North
National - C South
Old Camberwell Grammarians - D Grade
Brighton - D Sunday .
We also congratulate those 12 players who were selected in our "Team of the Year" for the 2017/18 season.
The annual presentation dinner for the 96th season of the Association was held on Saturday 5th May, 2018 with 175 guests in attendance. The guest of honour, David Hussey, was interviewed by Association's own Gideon Haigh. We would like to again thank them both for was highly entertaining and informative performance.
We would like to recognise the outstanding individual performance of Barnawartha North's Kevin Pace in taking 10 for 8. Congratulations Ken, these bowling figures are now the best in the history of the Association.
We appreciate the loyal support of our committee executive members of our Umpires Association in providing a quantity and high standard of umpiring as possible.
To the Captains, committee members of the clubs we encourage you to continue to support the MCA VIBE that plays such a big role in our cricket. The MCA plays in the true spirit of the game, so that is can be enjoyed by all players, umpires and spectators together.
I sincerely thank the loyal members of the Executive Committee who work so generously in their private and business hours to execute the responsibilities relative to their individual portfolios.
May I wish everyone good luck for the forth coming season and encourage you all to "Love the game beyond the prize."
Yours in Cricket,
Bill "Crash" Craddock
PRESIDENT Mercantile Cricket Association