Singleton Argus top ten SDCA first grade players list for the 2019/20 season

THE TOP TEN: The Singleton Argus has prompted another heated discussion by publishing the top ten players list following the opening seven rounds of the SDCA first grade season.

THE TOP TEN: The Singleton Argus has prompted another heated discussion by publishing the top ten players list following the opening seven rounds of the SDCA first grade season.

Reigning Singleton District Cricket Association first grade premiership captain Jackson Cox is the new number-one player in the league according to his peers.

Over the past few weeks the Singleton Argus has conducted research to put together another top ten players list for the opening of the SDCA first grade season.

Participating captains submitted their individual selections in the lead up while all nominees were required to have made at least one first grade appearance this season.

This led to the omissions of absentees Myles Cook (Creeks) and Nathan Levy (Valley), who finished second and third respectively in last season's verdict.

HAPPY VALLEY: Four Valley players made the top ten thanks to another strong start to the season.

HAPPY VALLEY: Four Valley players made the top ten thanks to another strong start to the season.

Further detailed scanning of statistics (provided directly from the SDCA) and expert second opinions from league officials then resulted in this summer's list (which will then be revised at the end of the home and away season).

Honourable mentions in this edition:

  • Nathan Bagnall (Valley)
  • Sam Barry (Valley)
  • Blake Cook (Creeks)
  • Josh Harvey (JPC)
  • Jake Mackaway (PCH)
  • Tristan Muir (Valley)
  • Dan Oldknow (PCH)
  • Josh Rinkin (JPC)
  • Cael Smith (Glendon)
  • Greg Thrift (JPC)
  • Mark Unicomb (Creeks)

SINGLETON ARGUS TOP TEN SDCA FIRST GRADE PLAYERS LIST (2019/20):

=10. Alex Thrift (JPC)

THE BIG HITTER: Alex Thrift (JPC).

THE BIG HITTER: Alex Thrift (JPC).

Games: 5

Runs: 153

Wickets: 1

Catches: 2

=10. Brad Cox (PCH)

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jackson and Bradley Cox (PCH) make the list for a second straight season.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Jackson and Bradley Cox (PCH) make the list for a second straight season.

Games: 2

Runs: 109

Wickets: 0

Catches: 3

9. Bayden Mulholland (Creeks)

CREEKS NATION: Bayden Mulholland.

CREEKS NATION: Bayden Mulholland.

Games: 2

Runs: 101

Wickets: 1

Catches: 1

Expert opinion: "A classy batsman who has only played a few games due to work... another true all rounder," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

8. Daniel Storey (Valley)

THE STALWART: Daniel Storey (Valley).

THE STALWART: Daniel Storey (Valley).

Games: 6

Runs: 163

Wickets: 0

Catches: 7

Expert opinion: "Quick scoring batsman who can turn a game quickly with a bat who is also capable of bowling handy overs or wicket keeping if needed," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

7. Jake Daniels (PCH)

NUMBER SEVEN: Jake Daniels (PCH).

NUMBER SEVEN: Jake Daniels (PCH).

Games: 4

Runs: 67

Wickets: 10

Catches: 0

Expert opinion: "He's bowling really well, hard to score off of as he bowls a consistent length... also a handy low order batsman," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

6. Shane Givney (JPC)

THE AWARD WINNER: Shane Givney has proven his worth in the SDCA first grade competition after taking out the player of the year title last season.

THE AWARD WINNER: Shane Givney has proven his worth in the SDCA first grade competition after taking out the player of the year title last season.

Games: 5

Runs: 197

Wickets: 3

Catches: 1

Expert opinion: "Second best bowler in town," Daniel Storey (SDCA treasurer)

"Capable of winning games with the bat, scores quickly and is very consistent," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

5. Brendan Nichols (Valley)

Games: 6

Runs: 50

Wickets: 16

Catches: 0

Expert opinion: "Bowling is good enough to get him in the top ten, he will be higher at the end of the year," Daniel Storey (SDCA treasurer)

"Another true all rounder, destructive batsman can influence a game with bat and ball... a consistent performer for many seasons," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

4. Owen Daley (Creeks)

THE RECRUIT: Creeks' first grade premiership hopes may be riding on Owen Daley following the new recruit's impressive start to the season.

THE RECRUIT: Creeks' first grade premiership hopes may be riding on Owen Daley following the new recruit's impressive start to the season.

Games: 5

Runs: 159

Wickets: 9

Catches: 2

Expert opinion: "He's already scored a century and is a class spin bowler," Daniel Storey (SDCA treasurer)

"Quality all rounder, has already made an impression on the competition... capable of scoring hundreds and can make an impact with bat and ball," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

3. Isaac Barry (Valley)

THE TEENAGER: Isaac Barry has been a solid contributor in Valley's quest for this season's premiership. The young gun also scored 94 against Creeks earlier this month.

THE TEENAGER: Isaac Barry has been a solid contributor in Valley's quest for this season's premiership. The young gun also scored 94 against Creeks earlier this month.

Games: 5

Runs: 182

Wickets: 4

Catches: 2

Expert opinion: "Another quality all rounder, can win a game with a bat and ball," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

2. Jacob Carey (Valley)

NUMBER TWO: Jacob Carey.

NUMBER TWO: Jacob Carey.

Games: 3

Runs: 203

Wickets: 1

Catches: 1

Expert opinion: "He's already scored the best innings of the year," Daniel Storey (SDCA treasurer)

"Makes big scores which wins games," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

1. Jackson Cox (PCH)

OUR NEW NUMBER ONE: PCH captain Jackson Cox helped end his club's 17-year premiership drought at top level in March this year.

OUR NEW NUMBER ONE: PCH captain Jackson Cox helped end his club's 17-year premiership drought at top level in March this year.

Games: 4

Runs: 200

Wickets: 0

Catches: 8

Expert opinion: "Batter, keeper and captain gets him number one spot," Daniel Storey (SDCA treasurer)

"Scores runs consistently, very hard to bowl to, can play all round the wicket and can also keep wickets if needed," Gavin Wake (Creeks first grade captain)

Previous 2019 top ten lists by Alex Tigani (Singleton Argus) include: