703 runs, 15 catches: Meet Gympie’s cricketer of the year
CRICKET: There was no official ceremony, but Kenilworth captain Steve Ledger was honoured to be named the 2019-20 Gympie Regional Cricket Association’s player of the season.
The presentation was meant to be held last Saturday, but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kenilworth lost to the 2018-19 premiers Colts by four runs in the preliminary final.
“We had a pretty good season this year even though it was disappointing to lose the preliminary final but we still had a good season,” Ledger said.
“We did not have any expectations at the start of the year because it was our first season in the competition.
“We did not know what the standard was going to be as we have fly-in fly-out workers and do not always have access to our best team.’’
Ledger was the competition’s top batsman with 703 runs and he is the champion player on 170.30 points, beating teammate Jason Woods in second place by 55.10 points.
“You do not go looking for awards but as a team we were lucky to be reasonably successful,” he said.
“Playing in the local Gympie comp was a bit of a step down from what I have played in the past but I wanted to enjoy a relaxing year and step back and enjoy it, getting away from the intensity.”
Ledger comes from a family of cricketers and has rubbed shoulders with some of Australia’s elite players.
“I played Queensland under-19s against Peter Siddle and Tim Paine,’’ he said.
“I also played in the Sunshine Coast Scorchers and Brisbane A-grade against Stuart Law, Andy Bichel, Andrew Symonds and Stuart Law, just to name a few.
“I have always been a batter, you have to have a bit of luck and being in the right place. It has always been my number one ability.
“My Dad’s brothers and my Mum’s brothers have been into cricket, so I was basically born into a cricketing family.
“They understood the game, were happy to offer advice and I had some good coaches which helped with my game.”
Despite the success the Kenilworth team had under his leadership, Ledger said he was tossing up whether he would put his hand up for the XI next season.
“My original plan was to play one season (for Kenilworth) and that is still on the cards, but I will just wait and see what happens in the world,” he said.
“I am also tossing up whether I will play for Nambour or locally with the Gympie Gold.
“I have good friends in all these teams, and I will use the off-season to decide what we are doing.”