HE may not be playing in a grand final this weekend, but you cannot wipe the smile off Matthew Junk’s face after the talented all-rounder was named the 2012/13 Shoalhaven senior cricketer of the year.
The Nowra first grade captain beat Berry-Shoalhaven Heads’ Kerry Penfold and Glenn Brandon, Bay and Basin’s Jonathan Hill, Bomaderry’s Jordan Matthews and teammate Daniel Bryant to take out the coveted award.
In a testing season that saw Junk step up to the captain’s role after six of his teammates were suspended late in the competition, he still managed to have a stellar time with the bat and ball.
Junk finished sixth on the batting averages list after scoring 315 runs with a 31.50 average.
His bowling statistics were just as impressive, taking 19 wickets for 215 runs at an average of 11.3. One of his standout games was in round two against Berry, with Junk taking 7/16.
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