The top players and best clubs were recognised at Cricket Illawarra’s junior presentation at The Builders Club, Wollongong.
Northern Districts were honoured as Club Champions in junior cricket from under 12s to under 16s for the 2016-17 season.
The Butchers made it back-to-back Illawarra South Coast under 14A premierships, while Northern Districts also made the Illawarra under 12s final, beaten in a thriller by Wests Red.
Three Butchers players also won individual awards as Player of the Year in their age group.
Outstanding teenage batsman Jonathan Keyes won the Illawarra under 16 Player of the Year, plus the highest individual honour as Cricketer of the Year.
Keyes scored 433 runs at an average of 48 for the Butchers in the under 16 comp, just behind Dapto’s Daniel Parker, who led the averages with 358 runs at 59.67.
Keyes took 20 wickets 8.35 per scalp, plus starred for Illawarra in the under 16 CS Watson Shield and under 16 Bradman Cup.
The Butchers’ Jamie Phillipson was the U14 Player of the Year and clubmate Angus Campbell won the under 12s award. Angus scored 527 runs in club cricket at an average of almost 88, plus took 18 wickets at 8.6.
In under 14s, Jamie took 28 wickets at an average of 5.96 with a best figures of 5/9. He also scored 177 runs at an average of 25 including a highest score of 63 for the Butchers. Breaking up Norths dominance in the boys competition, Keira’s Ryan Cattle won the under 11s Player of the Year award. Ryan scored 332 runs at 47.43 for Keira plus took 18 wickets and had seven catches and four run-outs.
Ryan’s four wickets in Keira’s grand final win was enough to edge out his 8-year-old brother Blake for the under 11s bowling award. Both took 18 wickets with Ryan's average of 4.44 compared to Blake's 4.72.
The emergence of womens junior cricket was also honoured with awards for the newly formed Illawarra Zone Sixers Girls Cricket League.
Premiers Orange Smashers picked up an award, while Jasmine Roberts (Purple Kweens) took out the Player of the Year award and Spirit of Cricket award.
Wollongong’s Dharmini Chauhan was named Female Cricketer of the Year following a brilliant season for club and rep which included a century for Wollongong.
Six clubs won a premiership this season. Norths won the U14A crown, Gerringong won U14B, Keira Black claimed the U11s title, Wests Red the U12s premiership; Dapto the U16A title and Wollongong their third straight U16B crown.