Following his record-breaking unbeaten 221 for Swardeston in their win over Clacton On Sea this month, Cricket World are pleased to announce that Joel Abraham has won the Cricket World Kingfisher Beer Club Top Performer Award for June.
The 21-year-old right-hander from New Zealand is Swardeston’s overseas professional and is the leading run-scorer in the East Anglian Premier League this year, with 625 runs from 10 matches at an average of 69.44 and a strike rate of 95.16. He has scored over a quarter of his team’s runs this season and besides his record-breaking innings against Clacton-On-Sea, has another century to his name this year against Sudbury on 7th May.
Abraham began his cricketing career in Auckland and represented the state in competitions at Under-15 and Under-17 level. He then moved to Canterbury to further his career and has worked closely with former New Zealand batting coach Mark O’Neill. Last winter he played his third season of Premier Grade Cricket in Canterbury for Old Boys Collegians, in a team including the likes of Shane Bond, Paul Wiseman and Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, and averaged 42.86 in the One Day Competition. Since moving to Canterbury he has represented the state second team and has played two twenty 20 matches for New Zealand Under-19s. In addition to this he has a New Zealand Cricket Level One Coaching Certificate.
Of his 221 for Swardeston; which included six sixes, broke the league record for the highest ever score and the ground record at Swardeston Common; Abraham said, ‘You don’t expect to get that many every day. It was a good wicket to bat on and the main thing is we won. I can be a bit aggressive but I don’t normally hit that many sixes.’
Looking to the future, he turns 22 this month, Abrahams outlined his plans for the rest of the season saying that his only target is to enjoy his cricket, and hope that a good performance in England will help him push his case for inclusion in Canterbury’s state team next winter.
Other performances of note with the bat this month included 191 from Daryn Smit for Ilkeston Rutland against Lullington Park, 160 from James Pipe for Chesterfield against Ticknall - as runs were flowing in Derbyshire - and 158 from Ajay Sangha for Brondesbury against Eastcote.
The top bowling performance of the month came from Marlon Cornelius, who returned nine for 57 for Ashtead against Guildford.
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