Saffron Walden Cricket Club dish out end-of-season awards

PUBLISHED: 16:22 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:22 28 September 2016

Saffron Walden Cricket Club's Ali Hancock (right) receives his most improved cricketer of the year award from former England cricket Jason Gallian

Saffron Walden Cricket Club's Ali Hancock (right) receives his most improved cricketer of the year award from former England cricket Jason Gallian

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Alec Smith scooped Saffron Walden Cricket Club's first team Player of the Year award at its annual awards presentation evening.

The evening was attended by many players, volunteers and friends of the club and celebrated individual and team performances throughout the season.

Awards were presented by former England player Jason Gallian alongside club president Hugh Wiseman, whose family have held the president’s role for over 50 years.

While Smith took the honours for the youthful first team, the remaining four senior sides all performed well, finishing in the top three in their leagues except the 3rds who finished fifth.

Most notably, the 4ths won their league and gained promotion.

Tony Wiseman won outstanding clubman of the year while outstanding cricketer went to Niraj Odedra.

Most improved cricketer was taken by Ali Hancock and most outstanding young player was claimed by Mihir Chandraker.

Most outstanding performance was jointly shared by Jack Sneath and Michael Turner and female cricketer of the year went to Charlotte Livermore.

For the club as a whole eight out of 32 teams won their league this season standing the club in an excellent position for the future.

Chairman David Barrs said: “We are a very ambitious club with a great desire to regain our place in the East Anglian Premier League.

“We also want to support local cricket and continue to produce young talent to play cricket at a time when so many clubs are struggling.”

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