Emma Hughes could be representing Australia next month and its achievements like that which led the talented youngster to collect one of the major awards at the Dubbo and District Cricket Association (DDCA) presentation night on Friday.
The Macquarie seamer was awarded the Jaspal Bansal Memorial Trophy for Female Cricketer of the Year at the Dubbo RSL on Friday night, capping off another stellar season.
Hughes has been a regular in representative sides in recent years and last month she was selected on the reserves list for the Australian under 19s squad.
Should there be an injury or unavailability, Hughes could be play for her country in what will be the first time an Australian under 19s women’s side has toured overseas.
Hughes wasn’t the only big winner on the night with Jordan Moran collecting the Herb Whitney Memorial Trophy for Male Cricketer of the Year.
Moran has enjoyed another fantastic campaign and despite battling a broken thumb for much of it he still managed to represent Australian Country and played a major role in NSW Country’s victory at the Australian Country Cricket Championships.
“Jordan’s achievement have been outstanding and he full deserves this award,” DDCA president Jeff Shanks said.
“Likewise Emma. She’s achieved at the top level of representative cricket in the female game and she has been outstanding. She’s got a bright and promising future ahead of her if that’s what she wants to pursue.”
Brock Larance collected the Lloyd Keir Memorial Trophy for Representative Cricketer of the Year and that came as no great surprise.
Larance, 16, was just one of two players to score more than 500 runs in the RSL-Whitney Cup but his efforts on the representative scene are even more impressive.
He played for the Australian Under 16s at the National Under 17s Championships earlier this season while he will wear the green and gold of his country again next month.
He was part of the NSW side which took out this season’s National Indigenous Cricket Championships while he was also part of the Sydney Thunder T20 Indigenous squad and the Cricket Australia 2017 Pathways Rookie Squad.
South Dubbo star Henry Railz was handed the Ian Drake Memorial Shield for Best All-Rounder in First Grade while it came as no surprise to see Ben Patterson awarded the Peter Morrison Memorial Trophy for Night Cricketer of the Year.
Corey McDean collected the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club Rookie of the Year prize while Newtown’s Kevin Newbold was awarded the Dennis Cox DDCA President’s Award.