Club at country top

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
The Under16 Dunsborough Cricket Club team went back to back in 2019/20 and many will push for senior selection next season.
Camera IconThe Under16 Dunsborough Cricket Club team went back to back in 2019/20 and many will push for senior selection next season. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

Dunsborough Cricket Club have been awarded the WA Community Cricket Awards Country Cricket Club of the Year.

Last Tuesday’s inaugural WA Community Cricket Awards were cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions, however, the WACA later announced Dunsborough had defeated Collingwood Park Cricket club, Leschenault Cricket Club and Toodyay Cricket Club to take the honours.

Having won its category, DCC is nominated for the Cricket Australia National Community Cricket Awards in Melbourne.

Club president Chris King said it was the connection between the junior and senior clubs which set the club apart. “Usually the senior guys only train once a week but because the juniors are on the oval almost every day more people get involved with training,” he said.

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“Our social T20 league brings down people from the whole community and it’s great to see everyone enjoying playing cricket.

King praised the volunteers and committee members who he said put in countless hours to provide a welcoming family-oriented club.

“We’ve had our double-header days and pink hat days and a lot of kids come down and we have a core of kids that will get involved helping and watching with their dads and it creates a good environment,” he said.

“Our McGrath Foundation Pink Stumps Day raised over $1200 for breast cancer — it’s close to the girls’ hearts. We also have our mental health talks at training which get people down to the club who usually don’t say much but they start talking about their issues.”

Dunsborough Cricket Club fast bowler Riccardo Small-Boyce won the Busselton Margaret River Cricket Association House Medal, as A-grade cricketer of the year and Bowling Aggregate trophy for the 2019/20 season. Small-Boyce was instrumental in Dunsborough’s rise to second on the Yeates Shield ladder before narrowly losing the preliminary final to Yobs.

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