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Jonathan Cook wins O’Reilly Medal

28th April 2018

Jonathan Cook wins O’Reilly Medal Cricket NSW Media Leg-spinner Jonathan Cook has become the first Western Suburbs player in 45 years to claim the O’Reilly Medal as the best player in the McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition this season. Cook was presented the award – named in honour of the late and great NSW and Australian leg-spinner, and distinguished columnist, Bill O’Reilly – at the 2018 Premiers’ Dinner, which was held at the Dockside Function Centre on Friday, 27 April. The O’Reilly Medal winner is determined based on a 3-2-1 points system awarded by the umpires after each match, and not since legendary Australian batsman and coach Bob Simpson in 1972/73, has a player from the Western Suburbs club claimed the medal. Cook finished the season with 19 votes; two clear of his nearest rival St George allrounder Nick Stapleton. Veteran allrounder and Campbelltown-Camden captain Jarrad Burke finished in outright third with 16 votes. In just his third season with Western Suburbs and his second as captain, Cook collected 56 wickets in 17 matches at an excellent average of 15.5. He has now claimed 110 wickets for the club. As the O’Reilly Medallist, Cook was also named captain of the 2017-18 Kingsgrove Sports Merit XII, or First Grade Team of the Year. The Merit XII is based on player statistics after the preliminary rounds of First Grade, First Grade Limited-Overs and Kingsgrove Sports T20 Cup competitions. Any ties are separated by superior average, and in the case of the wicket-keeper, by most runs. Each player selected in the Merit XII was presented with a commemorative cap courtesy of Kingsgrove Sports. The team included the six leading run-scorers, the five top wicket-takers and the leading wicket-keeper in the 2017-18 McDonald’s NSW Premier Cricket competition.