Cricket: Claremont-Nedlands’ Tim David claims Olly Cooley Medal

Tim David with Ken Langthorn representing Olly Cooley’s family. Picture: WACA
Tim David with Ken Langthorn representing Olly Cooley’s family. Picture: WACA

EMERGING Claremont-Nedlands all-rounder Tim David was crowned the 2016-17 Olly Cooley Medallist after a breakout 2016-17 WA Premier Cricket season on Friday night.

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.

David (21) polled 17 votes from seven matches, finishing two votes ahead of runner-up Robert Jones (15) from South Perth with Fremantle’s Chris Chellew (13) and Gosnells’ Luis Reece (12) next.

He becomes the first Tigers player to claim the top individual award since Wes Robinson triumphed in 2008.

The young all-rounder, who scored a century for WA in his Futures League debut in February, also won the first grade batting aggregate award after scoring 874 runs at an average of 62.43.

David also claimed 18 wickets with the ball, helping Claremont-Nedlands win the Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup and One Day League this season.

He also won Claremont-Nedlands’ club champion award and was named in the WADCC Team of the Year, along with teammate Travis Birt.

Premiers Subiaco Floreat dominated the Team of the Year with finals hero Chris Hansberry named the skipper alongside Alex Malcolm, Calum How and Andrew Holder.

Hansberry and How were the only two members from last year’s Team of the Year to be selected again.

Claremont-Nedlands’ Tim Macdonald won the Senior Coach of the Year award after winning the minor premiership and One Day League.

Claremont-Nedlands also won the Male Spirit of Cricket Award and Tiger Kip Cameron won the JP Robbins Medal for Second Grade best and fairest.

Subiaco Floreat won the Best Pitch award for Floreat Park Oval, while Lions teenager Cameron Green won the Under-19 Player of the Year gong.

At University’s end-of-season awards, Josh Mason and Josh Dallimore won the First Grade batting and bowling awards, while Timothy Young won the Le Couteur Medal for club wide best and fairest player.