Monthly Archives: October 2012

Dan Field & Dave Gavrilovic win BCEW Player of Year Awards

Dan Field (Sussex Sharks) & Dave Gavrilovic (Northants Steelbacks) were named BCEW’s Partially Sighted & B1 Player of the Year respectively. Neither player has won any of the BCEW end of season awards before but both are members of the England squad heading to the T20 World Cup in December.

All but one of the seasonal awards went to first time winners, the exception being Si Ledwith (Sussex Sharks) retaining the Fielder of the Year Trophy.

A full list of 2012’s honours is below.

2012 Role of Honour

Partially Sighted Player of the Year
Winner
Dan Field (Sussex)
Other Nominees
Jonathan Lewis (Hampshire)
Ryan West (Hampshire)
Joe Harrison (Sussex)
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire)

B1 Player of the Year
Winner
Dave Gavrilovic (Northants)
Other Nominees
Ian Morris (Hampshire)
Bernard Sullivan (Northants)
Kelvin Duncan (Sussex)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire)

Partially Sighted Batsman of the Year
Winner
Jonathon Lewis (Hampshire)
Other Nominees
Matt Dean (Metro)
Dave Samuels (Metro Devils)
Dan Field (Sussex)
Luke Sugg (Warwickshire)

B1 Batsman of the Year
Winner
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire)
Other Nominees
Ian Morris (Hampshire)
Dave Gavrilovic (Northants)
Kelvin Duncan (Sussex)
Nathan Foy (Warwickshire)

Partially Sighted Bowler of the Year
Winner
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire)
Other Nominees
Darren Sullivan (Northants)
Toby Collins (Sussex)
Dan Field (Sussex)
Alex Towers (Yorkshire)

B1 Bowler of the Year
Winner
Mark Turnham (Warwickshire)
Other Nominees
Ian Morris (Hampshire)
Dave Gavrilovic (Northants)
Bernard Sullivan (Northants)
Gav Griffiths (Sussex)

Most Promising Player of 2012
Winner
Mark Horbatowski (Northants)
Other Nominees
Jonathon Lewis (Hampshire)
Ryan Jones (Metro)
Toby Collins (Sussex)
Janaid Mohammed (Warwickshire)

Fielder of the Year
Winner
Si Ledwith (Sussex)
Other Nominees
Matt Dean (Metro)
Ian Goodearl (Northants)
Matt Ringland (Northants)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire)

Other Awards

Spirit of Cricket: Northants Steelbacks
Best Tea’s: Warwickshire Bears
Umpire of the year: Pete Marshall
Scorer of the year: Steve Field

Competition Winners

BBS Primary Club National Knockout Cup: Warwickshire Bears
BCEW National League: Sussex Sharks
BCEW Bill Frindall Memorial Twenty20 Cup: Sussex Sharks
BCEW BJMT Development Tournament: Northants Steelbacks
BCEW Northern Development League: Lancashire Lions
BCEW Southern Development League: Somerset VICC

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ECB pays tribute following death of England Blind team’s Heindrich Swanepoel

ECB mourns passing of blind cricket pioneer Heindrich Swanepoel

ECB Chief Executive David Collier today paid tribute to the pioneering work of the England Blind team’s Heindrich Swanepoel who has died suddenly aged 43.

Swanepoel, from Welling in south London, was a member of the England Blind Ashes winning squad in 2008 and 2004, treasurer of the World Blind Cricket Council and a member of the Blind Cricket England and Wales committee and the Metro Blind cricket team.

An England Blind Cricketer since 1996 and a veteran of more than 50 internationals, he was due to fly to India shortly with England Blind team members to take part in the Blind Cricket World T20 tournament in Bangalore.

David Collier said: “This is a sad loss. Heindrich was involved at the very beginning of blind cricket becoming an international sport in England and did so much to promote cricket as a game that people with a visual impairment could be part of and aspire to play internationally. We send our condolences to his close family and to his many friends in cricket both at home and abroad.”

ECB Disability Cricket Manager Ian Martin added: “Heindrich was a giant, both in physical stature and in terms of his contribution to the blind game as a player and an administrator. He was a great team-man and 100 per cent committed to the sport. It is very much thanks to Heindrich and others like him that blind cricket enjoys the profile and offers the opportunities that it does today. “

Blind Cricket Mourns Heindrich Swanepoel

Blind Cricket Mourns Heindrich Swanepoel

It is with great sadness I have to relay the news that Metro & England star Heindrich Swanepoel suffered a heart attack and passed away late last week whilst on holiday in Morocco with his life partner, Anchen.

Almost Everyone who has played blind cricket over the past two decades will have memories of Heindrich. For some it will be his on field achievements including his many wickets for Metro that led to countless victories & 19 trophies, or for some it will be for England for whom he played every international match bar one since the team was formed in 1996.

For some of us we will remember Heindrich’s kindness and willingness to help whenever he could, I was lucky enough to be part of the Ashes squad with Heindrich this summer and I will always remember how
much he went out of his way to help all the new players and
to make sure the b1 players were looked after both on and off the
field. He was always there with some advice if other players were struggling & could always spare a few words of encouragement when they were needed.

BCEW Chairman David Townely is writing a more detailed tribute to Heindrich which will be published here when complete, but I want to end this article by quoting an email written by former BCEW International Director & England International Miles Northwood in which I think he has perfectly captured what we are all feeling,

“Oh people. What to say. I have known deaths in my time, accidents, cancer, and those who have been lucky enough to have just grown old and their time was come. Non of these have left me with the feeling of disbelief I felt when I first heard and still feel now. A world without Hein doesn’t feel possible. He was a man among men. The, without exception, most caring person I’ve known. My heart goes out to Anchen, his Family and all those who knowingly or not held Hein close to their hearts.

I hope there will be time enough in the future for us all to sit and talk of the great man, tell stories, and laugh and cry. People with more skill than I will wright of Heindrich and put what we are all feeling in to words. The best I can do rite here, rite now, is make like captain Darling and simply wright… “Bugger.”

My love to you all.
Miles.”

Article by Dave Gavrilovic