Sanderson and Leach claim top awards

Shropshire County Cricket Club reflected on last season's highlights on the eve of an exciting new campaign which promises so much.

Steve Leach and Ben Sanderson were recognised for their achievements with bat and ball respectively at the social event held at the Mytton and Mermaid Hotel at Atcham.

Special awards were also presented to two popular members of the county set up who are moving on.

Sanderson, the former Yorkshire paceman, enjoyed a highly successful first campaign as a Shropshire player by topping the club's Minor Counties Championship bowling  averages.

He grabbed 20 wickets in just four Championship matches at 16.2 apiece.

Shrewsbury's promising opener Leach, who recently made his debut in first-class cricket by playing for Oxford University against Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire, led the way for the county with the bat.

He cracked 453 runs in five Championship matches at a healthy average of 64.71.

Meanwhile, popular team manager Terry O'Connor, who opted to stand down at the end of last season, was presented with a framed photograph of himself with Ed Foster, captain at the time, with the MCCA Knockout Trophy after victory over Lincolnshire in the 2010 final at Durham CCC.

There was also a presentation of a framed photograph of the Shropshire team beaten by Berkshire in last year's MCCA Trophy final at Wormsley to former coach Kevin Sharp who has recently joined the coaching staff at Worcestershire.

Both Terry and Kevin were thanked for their contributions to Shropshire by chairman Toby Shaw.

Shropshire will open their new season with a Unicorns Trophy tie against Lincolnshire at Shrewsbury's London Road ground on Sunday, May 4.

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