2020 has been a remarkable year for Japan Cricket considering season started in July instead of April first week and ended on 22nd of Nov, close to one month into the winter. As many as 270 games were played in a safe environment respecting COVID protocols ensuring players safety.
The season kicked off in all regions with Japan Cricket League division 40 games and Japan Cup T20s. Marquee event such as Japan Premier League was just a2-day rainy affair with no reserve days. Japan Cup nationals were washout to everyone’s disappointment. But Embassy Cup weekend was the best which saw good weather and an overall good day of cricket. Recipient of the winners in various categories is as below.
Japan Cricket Association Player of the Year (Men)
Sabaorish with a total of MVP Points 177.49 yet again continued his splendid performance season after season to win 4 awards in the individual category and 3 title wins leading respective teams. Total 7 in total.
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 1
Wyverns Cricket Club, a team that mostly consists of the national squad members like Wataru Miyauchi, Shogo Kimura, Tomoki Ota, Raheel Kano, Nozomi Tomizawa, Naotsune Miyaji and few more. It’s a team that plays cricket with discipline & patience. It must have been a close race with AQCC however Wyverns belief in playing a pure form of cricket must have edged out AQCC to win this award.
This award and spirit of cricket point need to have a say as points before semifinal deciders. It will definitely curb down and improve behavioural aspects.
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 2
Alpha Quashers Cricket Club deservedly won the Spirit of Cricket Award for the year 2020. This is one Club whose division 1 and 2 team has played cricket in the right spirit in every aspect.
Right from communication before the game, to the on-field behaviour and keeping healthy competitiveness on the field. This is one team you can not have a grudge against.
SPIRIT OF CRICKET 🏏 - Division 3
ADORE CRICKET CLUB
Japan cup T20s regional Champions
Japan Cricket League - Umpire of the Year
A new category of award started this year to honour the Umpires contribution in the Game. Shortlisting of Umpires who stood for 3 or more games was done and were ranked based on the captain’s feedback.
JCA Panel of Umpire includes
- Chris Thurgate
- Kris Bayne
- Alan Curr
- Mumtaz Alam
- Mihindu Perera
- Rob Newman