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30 SPORT TUESDAY MARCH 28 2017 CAVE01Z01MA - V1 K I M D I C K FORMER Alice Springs cricketer Akash Patel has received high praise from his peers this past week, being voted into the South Australian Cricket Association Premier Cricket team of the year on Wednesday night. The PROBuild Rovers junior made the move to Adelaide in an effort to further his cricketing career, playing the past WEST have pulled off a miraculous last over victory against Gapview Works to claim the Alice Springs Cricket Association one day premiership on Saturday. Needing a mammoth 117 runs from the final 15 overs of the match, the reigning premiers hit the winning runs from the second last ball to claim their eighth consecutive A Grade premiership. In one of the closest grand finals in recent memory, Paul Bramley (48), Patrick Hannigan (33) and captain Jayden I thought we might need a miracle but in saying that, if anyone could achieve it we could. Mark Bramley, Paul Bramley and everyone that got out to the middle just said I Stellar year sees Patel picked in team of the year five seasons with Premeir Cricket side Glenelg. The young leg spinner had a standout campaign for the Seahorses in 2016/17, amassing 51 wickets across all formats of the game including a six-wicket haul against Port Adelaide early in the season. Patel, part of the Emerging Redbacks squad with fellow Territory cricketers Joel Logan, Luke Robins and Jacob Dick, was chosen in the pres tigious SACA team of the year after being voted in by the club captains and coaches. Patel was joined in the squad by former Australian and Redbacks player Mark Cosgrove, who was named captain of the side, as well as current Redbacks opening batsman Jonathon Dalton and Melbourne Renegades contracted player Nick Winter. The selection in the squad caps off a career year for Patel after playing Futures League cricket for SA where he bowled to former Australian Test wicket keeper Brad Haddin. SACA Team of the Year: Johnathon Dalton, Connor McInerney, Brendan McCormack, Mark Cosgrove (captain), Benjamin Bullimore, Daniel Drew, Harry Nielsen (wicketkeeper), Nick Winter, Akash Patel, Benjamin Williams, Adam Somerfield, Phillip Neate. West players celebrate the club's eighth consecutive A Grade cricket premiership. Picture: SUPPLIED Eighth straight flag for magnificent West side Dick (31) led the way with the bat for West as the side timed their run seemingly to perfection. West coach Kim Dick said there was a point he thought it would take a miracle for his side to get over the line, but he said the camaraderie of his troops saw them home. Its unbelievable, coming down to the last 15 overs, it was just an incredible game, Dick said. At that last drinks break I thought we might be out of it for a little bit but I looked at what we had left in the shed and thought we had nothing to lose. want to win this game and they did just enough. The premiership is Wests eighth consecutive after the club lost five straight grand finals previously. Dick said the defeats have made premiership success all the more sweet, saying he believes his team deserves the flag after a lean patch heading into the finals series. It was very sweet, he said. A few years ago Ben Ellis hit a six off the last ball to beat us in a grand final so I think we deserve this. I thought we were the best team all year, we were a bit short after Christmas and went through a bit of a lean spell. We all came together after that and I just saw something in the team, that they wanted to win. Despite the last ditch win, Gapview captain Ben Ellis almost took the game away from West with a brilliant knock of 89 but he received little help from his fellow batsmen. West were also crowned B Grade premiers on Saturday with the club also defeating Gapview Works in the grand final. It wasnt all doom for Gapview however with the club being crowned the C Grade premiers for season 2016/17. Anthony Geppa CRICKET I just saw something in the team, that they wanted to win. Ben Ellis crowned player of the year GAPVIEW Works captain Ben Ellis has capped off a remarkable individual year of cricket, being crowned the Alice Springs Cricket Association senior cricketer of the year on Sunday. The 23-year-old captain of Gapview was head and shoulders above his peers in season 2016/17, taking home the senior cricketer of the year award as well as the umpire-voted Wapper Medal. Ellis finished more than 300 points clear of second place in the cricketer of the year standings with clubmate Graham Schmidt finishing in second place. PROBuild Rovers young gun Jordi Nicolai finished third in the champion player race. The Works captain had a season to remember, topping the runs scoring charts with 781 runs across all formats of the game at an average of 55.79. Ellis also scored two centuries in season 2016/17, including a mammoth unbeaten 197 against PROBuild Rovers. The all rounder also had a stellar year with the ball, taking home the award for best bowling average at 8.68 and finishing third on the wickets tally behind PROBuild Rovers Lachlan Boal. Boal took out the A Grade bowling trophy for best aggregate, having taken 25 wickets for the season. Gapview Works were also crowned the Alice Springs Cricket Association Club of the Year after making the final in the A Grade, B Grade, C Grade, Womens competition and Division One competition. Anthony Geppa CRICKET Akash Patel CRICKET Ben Ellis
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