Benalla Bushrangers young gun Wade King has taken another big step towards professional cricket after taking home the main award at a recent senior presentation night.
King, 17, was named the best under-21 player of the season in last week’s Wangaratta and District Cricket Association’s senior presentation evening.
King said he did not know he was up for the award ‘‘or even in the running’’ for it, and was busy on the night of the presentation.
‘‘To be honest I didn’t know I was up for it. I had bought a car, so I was actually dealing with getting the car sorted. I believe there’s a picture with my name on it somewhere though,’’ he said.
King said he hoped the award could get him under professional coaches’ eyes and help towards him being selected for a Victorian Premier Cricket side.
‘‘Hopefully I can get picked up by a premier league team. If you go well in the Indigenous Cup (Imparja Cup) you tend to get seen from there,’’ he said.
King said he was unsure if he would stick with the Bushies for another year or make a move south in an attempt to force a professional contract.
‘‘I’m not sure what I’ll do this year. I might have to make a move to a Premier side to be seen. I could move down to Melbourne or just make the travel weekly. There’s a guy from Wangaratta playing for Victoria in the under-19 squad, which I just missed out on last year,’’ he said.
The presentation evening, on March 20, saw four other Bushies also take home big scalps on the night.
Bushies’ A-grade captain Sam Gladstone once again showed his team how it is done, when he received the WDCA Melbourne Country Week Player of the Week award.
The runner-up award for the best B-grade bowling average went to Steve McCallum who took 20 wickets at an average of 7.35.
The C-grade wicket-keeping champion award went to Matty Hales, who oversaw 15 dismissals during the season.
Gladstone was also equal third in the A-grade bowling aggregate award.
Benalla local match umpire Richard Heywood was also awarded the Umpire of the Year for the second year in a row.