SOUTH Perth’s English recruit Rob Jones has backed up his club champion award by finishing as runner-up on Friday night for the prestigious Olly Cooley Medal for WA Premier Cricket best and fairest.
The medal count for the best player in first-grade WA Premier Cricket was held at the WACA Ground’s Boundary Room, voted by the umpires on a 3-2-1 basis per each regular-season game.
Winner Tim David polled 17 votes from seven matches, finishing two votes ahead of Jones (15) from South Perth, with Fremantle’s Chris Chellew (13) and Gosnells’ Luis Reece (12) next.
David and Jones were locked on 15 votes heading into the final round, which coincidentally pitted Claremont-Nedlands against South Perth, while Fremantle’s match against Perth was abandoned, leaving Chellew out of the race.
Jones had returned to England prior to round 15 to play for Lancashire, meaning his only hope was to be a joint winner, but David polled two votes in the clash to secure the medal outright.
South Perth’s WA rookie Alex Bevilaqua won the Allan Edwards Trophy for the most promising cricketer who has not played first- class cricket and observes the spirit of cricket.
On Wednesday night, South Perth’s Melissa Cameron finished as runner-up for the Karen Read Medal for best female in WA Premier Cricket.
Meanwhile, Perth held their awards at Fletcher Park on April 1.
Ben Mike won the Rigg Medal and Jacob Van Galen claimed the Butcher Trophy.