ARRON LILLEY has been chosen as this year’s Jack Gledhill Trophy winner in the Drakes Huddersfield Cricket League.
It goes tothe best all-rounder of the season and, to round off what has been a terrific year for the 21-year-old batsman and spin bower, he has also retained the Reg Haigh Trophy as the most promising young cricketer in the League.
It is the first time since 1994, when Golcar’s Phil Eastwood was a double winner, that the same player has lifted both trophies in the same season.
Lilley was one of only two players to top 1,000 runs in 2012 (the other being Honley’s Simon Kelly), while the Delph spinner was also the League’s leading wicket-taker with 78 scalps – and he played a major part in helping Delph & Dobcross hoist the Romida Sykes Cup for the first time.
So it has been a terrific year for Lilley, whose form has been recognised at county level with the award of a first-team contract with Lancashire, having been a member of their Second XI Trophy-winning team (as their second leading wicket-taker).
Lilley, who was the skipper of Huddersfield’s White Rose Trophy-winning side in 2011, will be presented with his dual awards at the League’s annual dinner at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, on January 18.
Also in line for a presentation will be Honley’s Peter Green (inset), who has won the Tom Walker Award as the leading groundsman.
It is the third time the former first-team batsmen has been voted the top groundsman – he picked up the award in 2005 and 2006.
Meanwhile, Linthwaite has been chosen as the most improved ground and they will receive the FE Greenwood Ground Trophy.
Lilley’s Delph & Dobcross teammate Irfan Zahoor was selected to receive the Johnny Hunter Rosebowl (outstanding match-winning performance) for the First XIs, for his unbeaten 177 in chasing down Shepley’s 360-5 total early in the season.
Recipient of the Second XI award is Cumberworth’s Josh Kilner, who bagged seven wickets for eight runs against Lepton Highlanders.