Lachlan Morganti of Avoca has taken out the 2019/20 Ken Gibbs Medal, the Maryborough District Cricket Association’s (MDCA) highest honour, in his debut A grade season.
Morganti is no stranger to success, playing in and captaining several of Avoca’s A reserve premierships, but this season has been a little different.
After claiming both the one and two-day cups back-to-back in 2018/19 and 2017/18, the Bulldogs made the step up to A grade this season.
This change brought with it a winless one-day season and a respectable fifth place finish at the end of the home and away series with four two-day victories.
Despite a tough season, Morganti won the league medal with 17 votes, four votes ahead of last season’s recipient, Sam Bartlett from Maryborough.
Morganti said it was a “shock” to get the individual award, but one he is grateful for among some talented opposition players.
“It was a bit of a surprise given the fact that we’d only won four games for the season, I thought maybe one of the leading runscorers from the finals sides might have had it, but I’m very happy and very honoured,” he said.
“Because we couldn’t hold the presentation I found out via Facebook and it was a big shock.”
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