Luke wins Chairman’s cricket award

BRIGHTON’s favourite cricketing son, PKF Tasmanian Tiger Like Butterworth was awarded the prestigious Chairman’s award for his all-round performance during the past cricket season.

Luke was presented with his award by Tasmanian Cricket Association chairman Tony Harrison at the team’s end-of-season dinner in Hobart.

The Award marked two outstanding performances by the young all-rounder – one with the ball and an equally impressive contribution with the bat.

Luke Butterworth receives the Chairman’s award  from chairman of the Tasmanian Cricket Association, Tony Harrison.
Luke Butterworth receives the Chairman’s award from chairman of the Tasmanian Cricket Association, Tony Harrison.

In December’s Weet-Bix Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at Bellerive Oval, with Tasmania trailing after the first innings, Luke bowled with great swing and bounce claiming 5/13 to help dismiss the Bulls for a paltry 93. The performance enabled the Tigers to win their third match in a row at Bellerive.

Into the New Year, the Ford Ranger Cup match at Bellerive on 14 February saw Luke notch his maiden domestic one-day hundred with a blistering 114 not out against the Western Australian Warriors.

Luke came to the crease with the Tigers in all sorts of trouble at 5/57, but with support from the lower order, he dominated the attack hitting seven boundaries and four towering sixes His effort ensured Tasmania posted a competitive total of 254 from its 50 overs.

It was not quite enough to win the match, but emphasised Luke Butterworth’s all-round cricket ability and marked him as a player to watch in 2009/10.