Monday 17 September 2007 

Bopara And Kaneria Take Boundary Club Honours

Ravinder Bopara and Danish Kaneria won the Essex Boundary Club trophies for scoring the most runs and taking the most wickets respectively during all Essex first-team matches from the 18th April to the 26th August 2007.

Bopara’s magnificent season brought him a total of 1,479 runs during the qualifying period, 460 ahead of second-placed James Foster. Kaneria claimed 82 victims, which was way ahead of Andy Bichel (36), although the Australian only played half the season.

There were two other categories of prizes for the highest individual score and best bowling analysis in an innings. Bopara’s 229 was the top score but the Bonanza rules state that a player can only win one prize so the next highest was Ronnie Irani’s 218 against Glamorgan at The Ford County Ground back in April.

The same happened in the bowling with Kaneria’s seven for 105 the top figures with the next best analysis Bichel’s six for 63 against Somerset in July. Ironically, a week after the closing date, Bichel returned the outstanding figures of seven for 36 against Derbyshire.

These Awards are run in conjunction with the Essex Boundary Club’s Bonanza competition – a grand draw which paid out £1,500 in prize money in 2007. Essex members and supporters entered the raffle in the hope of being paired with one of the Essex contracted playing staff.

Stage two was for the cash prizes and Mrs Harvey of Frinton-on-Sea was lucky enough to draw Bopara and Bob Davenport of Doddinghurst was paired with Kaneria. They each received £500 and both prizes were sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland.

It was a great thrill for the 99-year-old Mrs Harvey to meet Bopara who spent the day watching the completion of the Essex v Somerset LV County Championship match as injury meant he had to miss the last two England v India one-day internationals. As Mrs Harvey made her way out on to the pitch to receive her prize she said “It is no problem, I was playing golf until I was 97!”.

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