Two SDCA first grade captains miss out on Singleton Argus' top ten list

UNHAPPY CAPTAINS: Josh Harvey (JPC) was unable to make the final cut of the Singleton Argus' top ten SDCA first grade players list to the outrage of Daniel Storey (Valley).
UNHAPPY CAPTAINS: Josh Harvey (JPC) was unable to make the final cut of the Singleton Argus' top ten SDCA first grade players list to the outrage of Daniel Storey (Valley).

The Singleton Argus will draw close on the SDCA 2018/19 home and away season tomorrow morning when publishing its top ten first grade players list.

This comes one week after we commenced our official top ten lists by ranking the stars of New FM Northern League One on the eve of the 2019 season with assistance from the league's scribe James Ward.

However this process was one of thoroughness and attention to detail.

Firstly, players were required to have made four or more first grade appearances (regular or T20) this season.

This meant names such as Brendan Nichols, Tristan Muir, Isaac Barry (Valley), Billy Newman, Dan Tracey (Creeks) and recent T20 final winner Greg Dann (JPC) were ineligible for the final list.

RULES: Players had to play more than three games of first grade cricket to make the final cut. Unfortunately for Creeks, Dan Tracey only played in two.

RULES: Players had to play more than three games of first grade cricket to make the final cut. Unfortunately for Creeks, Dan Tracey only played in two.

Sports reporter Alex Tigani then collected the top ten lists from the five competing captains in Daniel Storey (Valley), Mark Unicomb (Creeks), Jackson Cox (Valley), Josh Harvey (JPC) and Anthony Bailey (Glendon).

Players from each list would receive 10 points if ranked 1st, nine points if ranked 2nd and the sequence would continue until they received only one point if ranked 10th.

Yet two players would top the list on 38 points each so further research was added to the process.

This led to detailed scanning of statistics (provided directly from the SDCA), expert opinions from league officials and an extra analysis of the initial submissions.

Though the Singleton Argus' top ten players list has now been set, SDCA boss Daniel Storey admits he was outraged to learn of the absence of one of his opposing captains.

"It is madness not picking Josh Harvey," Storey declared.

"He’s my first pick bowler every day of the week.

"I would rate him as Singletons best death bowler, he's won several games for JPC this year including the T20 final."

WINNERS: Josh Harvey led JPC to a victorious T20  final win over Valley last month. JPC finished the format with an undefeated record for the 2018/19 season.

WINNERS: Josh Harvey led JPC to a victorious T20 final win over Valley last month. JPC finished the format with an undefeated record for the 2018/19 season.

Storey, who is tipped to feature in the final ten, then playfully concluded; "But what would I know? I’m only the minor premiership winning captain."

Harvey was joined by fellow first grade skipper Anthony Bailey (Glendon) in tonight's honourable mentions.

"Harvey is one of this region's finest talents and the fact of the matter is that he'd be more disappointed about JPC's exit in the finals race than tomorrow's list," Singleton Argus sports reporter Alex Tigani stated.

"He's missed out, so have a few other handy names but it could also be an omen; last week Joseph Civello missed out on his league's final cut and he responded with a hat-rick for the Strikers in their 4-2 win."

Here are the honourable mentions (listed alphabetically) ahead of tomorrow's unveiling: 

Darren Allum (Glendon)

Darren Allum

Darren Allum

Age: 26

Games: 10

Runs: 120

Wickets: 11

Catches: 0

Hamid Arain (Creeks)

Creeks in action

Creeks in action

Age: 34

Games: 7

Runs: 85

Wickets: 15

Catches: 3

Anthony Bailey (Glendon)

Anthony Bailey (pictured in green)

Anthony Bailey (pictured in green)

Age: 31

Games: 12

Runs: 169

Wickets: 9

Catches: 3

Lachlan Charnock (Creeks)

Lachlan Charnock

Lachlan Charnock

Age: 22

Games: 10

Runs: 67

Wickets: 12

Catches: 4

Jake Daniels (PCH)

PCH players on Saturday

PCH players on Saturday

Age: 25

Games: 9

Runs: 86

Wickets: 18

Catch: 1

Tate Edwards (Valley)

Tate Edwards (pictured with the Strikers)

Tate Edwards (pictured with the Strikers)

Age: 24

Games: 7

Runs: 75

Wickets: 12

Catch: 1

Josh Harvey (JPC)

Josh Harvey pictured with fellow bowler Josh Rinkin

Josh Harvey pictured with fellow bowler Josh Rinkin

Age: 28

Games: 10

Runs: 65

Wickets: 17

Catches: 3

Daniel Hayes (Valley)

Three Valley sides played off in the 2018/19 SDCA T20 finals

Three Valley sides played off in the 2018/19 SDCA T20 finals

Age: 30

Games: 10

Runs: 222

Wickets: 8

Catches: 4

Bayden Mulholland (Creeks)

Matthew Johns and Bayden Mulholland at the Singleton Golf Club

Matthew Johns and Bayden Mulholland at the Singleton Golf Club

Age: 27

Games: 7

Runs: 142

Wickets: 12

Catches: 5

Daniel Oldknow (PCH)

Daniel Oldknow

Daniel Oldknow

Age: 40

Games: 9

Runs: 66

Wickets: 19

Catch: 1

Nicholas Stokes (JPC)

Nicholas Stokes

Nicholas Stokes

Age: 21

Games: 12

Runs: 239

Wicket: 1

Catches: 2

Jack Turner (JPC)

JPC duo Jack Turner and Alex Thrift

JPC duo Jack Turner and Alex Thrift

Age: 17

Games: 11

Runs: 195

Wickets: 0

Catches: 12

Graham Unicomb (Creeks)

Creeks players pictured on January 12, 2019

Creeks players pictured on January 12, 2019

Age: 32

Games: 8

Runs: 181

Wickets: 7

Catches: 3