SEDGWICK all-rounder Scott McKenzie and United batsman Forbes Klemm last night tied as the Emu Valley Cricket Association’s Player of the Year.
McKenzie and Klemm polled 11 votes each from the umpires to win the award.
McKenzie jointly winning the award comes a year after he had planned to retire and take up umpiring, but he pulled the whites on again for another season.
The veteran led the Rams in runs with 433 at an average of 54.1, with a highest score of 101 made against Golden Gully in the last round.
With the ball, McKenzie claimed 17 wickets at an average of 23.4.
Klemm took over the United captaincy this summer and ended the home and away season with 447 runs at an average of 55.9.
He was at his best in his first five innings when he scored 65, 96, 58, 86 and 108 n.o.
In other division one awards, United’s Alexander Collins took out the champion player with 194.6 points, Marong’s Scott Ross (572) was the leading run-scorer, Sedgwick’s Sam Alcock (33) took the most wickets and Axe Creek’s Charles Ready (20) claimed the most wicket-keeping dismissals.
Division one: Umpires votes – Scott McKenzie (Sedgwick) and Forbes Klemm (United).
Runs – Scott Ross (Marong), 572.
Wickets – Sam Alcock (Sedgwick), 33.
Dismissals – Charles Ready (Axe Creek), 20.
Champion points – Alexander Collins (United), 194.6.
Under-21 player of the year – Zach Samuel (Marong).
Division two: Umpires votes – Graham Gamble (Axe Creek).
Runs – Grant Brown (West Bendigo), 486.
Wickets – Matthew Goodwin (West Bendigo), 37.
Dismissals – Damian Pettersen (Golden Gully), 22.
Champion points – Matthew Goodwin (West Bendigo), 158.6.
Division three: Umpires votes – Geoff West (Spring Gully).
Runs – Geoff West (Spring Gully), 750.
Wickets – Geoff West (Spring Gully), 35.
Dismissals – Cameron Gray (Sedgwick), 16.
Champion points – Geoff West (Spring Gully), 271.2.
Division four: Umpires votes – Peter Walsh (West Bendigo) and Denis Grinton (Spring Gully).
Runs – Peter Walsh (West Bendigo), 373.
Wickets – Aidan Moore (United), 19.
Dismissals – Bryan Coghlan (Spring Gully), 21.
Champion points – Denis Grinton (Spring Gully), 127.2.