RUP-MINYIP all-rounder Mark Mbofana was rewarded for an impressive second season in the Horsham Cricket Association, claiming the Cec Hopper medal.
It is the first time in seven years the award was won by somebody not from league powerhouse Homers, as Chris Hopper, Simon Hopper and Jared Combe relinquished their stranglehold on the award.
The big-hitting Zimbabwean scored 586 runs at an average of 45, while also taking 18 wickets at an average of 21.
Mbofana's ability to dominate a contest was perhaps best illustrated in round 16 against the Jung Tigers, where he captured 5-24 before belting 10 sixes on his way to an unbeaten 159.
Mbofana said it had been a "decent season" without being remarkable, as an elbow injury slowed him down and affected his bowling.
He however vowed to come back even better in 2020-2021.
"It is pretty special to win the award ... but I know I can do better next season," he said.
"As of right now, I already miss playing cricket.
"When I feel like that, I'm determined to be even better.
"I'm already looking forward to it."
Mbofana also shared A Grade's Player of the Year award with Noradjuha-Toolondo bowler Jordan McDonald and Homers' skipper Adam Atwood.
Atwood also received the highest batting average award with an average of 54, beating out Horsham Saint Corey Smith who averaged 50.
Noradjuha-Toolondo's Justtin Combe claimed the batting aggregate award with 568 runs across the season in 14 innings.
In other awards, Laharum's English recruit Adam Barber won the bowling average award with 33 wickets at an average of 11, while Homers' Craig Britten won the bowling aggregate award, taking 40 wickets at an average of 13.
In B Grade, it was minor premiers West Wimmera Warriors who cleaned up, with captain Mitch Dahlenburg securing the highest batting average award, Player of the Year and the Alan McRae medal.
Dahlenburg proved he was a class above the competition this season, scoring 1032 runs at an incredible average of 103.
Warriors' teammate Liam Preston claimed the bowling average award, taking 23 wickets at an average of 9.4
In C Grade, Colts' Daniel Collins won the Ivan Morrison Medal and the bowing average award (21 wickets at 9.7 average), while teammate Kevin Purchase won the player of the year award.
Laharum's Jeremy Tyler won the batting award with 240 runs at an average of 34.
Louise Chesterfield also received the Ellie Flack Memorial Award for outstanding service to cricket at a modified awards night, where only award winners were invited amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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