THE 2018/19 NSW Premier Cricket season for Ulladulla United product Matthew Gilkes and his UNSW Bumble Bees is over, after suffering a final round defeat to Parramatta.
This season, Gilkes' second with the club, was his best to date, with him scoring a total of 811 runs, in all competitions, at an average of 45.1 - including a handy 71 in the final match at the weekend.
These run scoring feats saw the Bumble Bees start the season on fire, winning five and drawing two of their first seven matches - before suffering their first defeat to Fairfield-Liverpool on December 15.
This loss started a big slump for the club, who went on to lose six of their next seven games - with the other result being a tie.
Due to these losses, UNSW finished the season in 15th spot on the ladder - just 11 points out of the finals.
During the season, Gilkes scored three centuries for the club, including a massive 137 against Western Suburbs.
The former Ulladulla High School student was also the wicketkeeper for the club's first grade team, finishing the season with 16 catches, three assisted run-outs and one stumping.