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Rockingham-Mandurah skipper Craig Simmons claims second Olly Cooley Medal

Rockingham-Mandurah captain Craig Simmons capped off an outstanding 2018-19 WA Premier Cricket season claiming the Olly Cooley Medal as the best player in the competition for the second time in his career.

A winner in 2012-13, the veteran all-rounder polled 16 votes to edge Brad Hope (15 votes) at the WA Premier Cricket awards night held at the WACA Ground last Friday.

The veteran left-arm orthodox spinner also took out the WA Premier Cricket wicket-taker title with 53 wickets at an average of 14.30 for the season.

The 36-year-old’s highlight of the season came during the Mariners round 13 victory against Mt Lawley where he posted career best figures of 7-79.

This season saw Simmons take on less of a role with the blade, but he still smacked three half-centuries, including an uncharacteristic 60 from 95 balls against Midland-Guildford before Christmas.

Simmons’ strong leadership was also recognised after he was announced captain of the WADCC Team of the Year.

Simmons led the Mariners to their second First Grade grand final in four seasons, where they unfortunately fell short to Claremont-Nedlands.

The Mariners’ English import James Bracey joined Simmons in the WADCC Team of the Year.

The 21-year-old left-hander, who joined from English county side Gloucestershire, scored 656 runs at an average of 43.7 and his 17 innings included seven half centuries with a top score of 87 against Gosnells and Scarborough.

Rockingham-Mandurah’s Ryan Done took out the award for best second grade player on the night.

Done claimed 42 wickets, including best figures of 8-68 against Joondalup, and scored 165 runs at 18.33 with a top score of 40 in 2018-19.

Rockingham-Mandurah was also awarded the Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup for finishing on top of the first grade ladder at the end of the home and away season.

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