Ken Jones scoops two awardsNovember 19, 2023
KEN Jones scooped two awards at the Suffolk Seniors end-of-season dinner.
He won the Over-70s Performance of the Season Award and the Ray Russell Trophy at the event held at Venue 16 in Ipswich on Saturday evening and attended by around 50 guests.
The performance award was for his figures of 8-1-16-2 versus Norfolk at Saham Toney CC which included dismissing both openers cheaply and then scoring 23 not out off 18 balls to ensure a Suffolk victory.
The England Over-70s international, who plays for Ipswich CC, won Ray Russell Trophy for his services to Suffolk Seniors Cricket. The award is made annually in memory of the former scorer and statistician. He is pictured (above right) being presented with the award by Suffolk Cricket President Tony Warrington.
The Over-70s Player of the Year went to Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s Neil Hames, who scored a total of 590 runs at an average of 49.17, with a highest score of 99 not out.
He was the 19th highest run-scorer in the National competition in which he made 518 runs at 57.56 including six consecutive scores of 50 plus. He also took seven wickets. He is pictured (above right) being presented with the award by Suffolk Cricket President Tony Warrington.
Andrew Simmons (Sudbury CC) who lives in Sussex but travels to represent the county won the Over-60s 1st XI Player of the Year Award.
He claimed 17 wickets at 10.94 each with an economy rate of 2.89 and best figures of 8.2-2-21-4 and was joint top wicket-taker with 15 victims in the East Group.
The Performance Award went to Lakenheath’s Paul Pallant, who finished 92 not out off 102 balls versus Norfolk at Mellis CC.
The Over-60s 2nd XI Player of the Year was awarded to Andy Harrison of Ipswich CC, whose 512 runs came at an average of 73.14.
He had a season high of 112 not out and was the fifth highest run-scorer in the East Group. He is pictured (above right) being presented with the award by Suffolk Cricket President Tony Warrington.
The Performance award went to Mark Parker (Felixstowe & Corinthians CC) whose 145 off just 126 deliveries versus Bedfordshire at Felixstowe put Suffolk in a winning position, although the match was eventually abandoned.
The Over-60s 3rd XI Player of the Year was won by Viqar Ahmed, who plays for Mellis CC, after scoring 304 runs at 23.38, with a highest score of 80. He also took 15 wickets at 24.8.
The Performance award was claimed by Colin Macrow of Earl Stonham CC for his undefeated 45 from 35 balls versus Sussex at Newick CC which eased Suffolk to victory against strong opposition.
The ECB Over-50s Player of the Year was Mike Skelton of Nowton CC for his 171 runs at 24.43 including two half-centuries. He also took 11 catches and made four stumpings.
Paul Hollis won the Performance award for his 101 not out from 106 deliveries versus Northamptonshire at Woolpit CC. He also made 151 from 122 balls against Hunts at Barnack CC. He is pictured above right receiving his award from Suffolk Cricket President Tony Warrington.
The Home Counties Over-50s Player of the Year was Adrian Stockton, who plays for Mistley CC, for his 399 runs at an average of 79.8, with a highest score of 112 not out. He was the second highest run-scorer in the South & East Group.
The Performance award went to Long Melford’s Lawrence Hall, who returned figures of 9-0-49-4 versus Bedfordshire at Sudbury CC, bowling at the death as the visitors looked to surpass Suffolk’s total.
The awards were presented by Suffolk Cricket President Tony Warrington, who was the first president to attend the annual event.
The evening ended with a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to former Suffolk opening bat John Stuck, who was celebrating his 80th birthday the following day.