Toasting the 2008 vintage

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:03 05 July 2010

THE best of the summer's Champagne moments were relived in a solicitors' boardroom as 15 cricketers received prestigious 2008 Hansells Roll of Honour awards.

THE best of the summer's Champagne moments were relived in a solicitors' boardroom as 15 cricketers received prestigious 2008 Hansells Roll of Honour awards.

Winners of the batsman and bowler of the year awards, presented, in association with The Journal and six other Archant weekly newspapers, were saluted for their exceptional performances on the cricket squares of north Suffolk and Norfolk.

Each champion was presented with a cheque for £75 and a framed certificate as a permanent memento of the day they achieved the score of the season.

Among this season's top performers were Lowestoft Town's overseas player Johan Mostert and Gary Tuttle, of Kirkley Sports.

Unfortunately neither of The Journal winners was present at the ceremony. Mostert returned to his native South Africa at the end of the season, while there was a special word of encouragement for Tuttle from the evening's host, Hansells' managing partner Roger Holden.

“Gary was one of the first winners to accept his invitation to the presentation night. Unfortunately he broke his leg while playing football for Suffolk Veterans last week and could not attend.

“We wish him well and hope to see him among the wickets again next summer,” he added.

Joining Mr Holden in making the evening's presentations was Archant Norfolk's head of sport, Richard Willner.

“We have sponsored the Roll of Honour for eight years now and are as thrilled to be part of it today as we were in year one,” said Roger. “Hansells are involved in several sponsorships and this ranks as one of the most enjoyable.

“We keep the updated Roll of Honour pinned up in our offices throughout the season - it's a wonderful source of inspiration to read some of the amazing scores that our local players have achieved. Colleagues who play the game are highly envious!

“Speaking with previous winners of our awards, I know how inspirational the Roll of Honour is to them, too. When they take to the field, many of those who aspire to the title of batsman or bowler of the year know exactly what the current best is.

“While cricket is first and foremost a team game, it is good to applaud superlative individual achievements, too.”

Every week during the summer, each of seven of Archant Norfolk's weekly newspapers records the best individual scores (number of runs scored or number of wickets taken) obtained in bona fide competitions by local players. The best of the figures of the season are also noted on the leaderboard.

Hansells Roll of Honour awards can be earned by players of any age, at any level of cricket. This year's winners ranged from schoolboys to overseas professionals. Season-best figures were recorded throughout the summer, including both the first and last weekends of the season.

The overall top batting performance was recorded by Saham Toney Cricket Club's Australian professional Glenn Maxwell, who scored a memorable 217 runs, including 28 fours and seven sixes in a Norfolk Alliance game.

The pick of the bowling figures was Martin Guy's 9-13, scored for Tacolneston against local Norfolk League Division Seven rivals New Buckenham.

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