Tons of fun – three to be precise

Well-placed. . . Waikoikoi batsman Ryan McFaul , seen here playing in his team's Southland Combined Country Cricket division 2 semifinal against Central Western, had a great season with the bat, amassing almost 600 runs from the 12 matches he played. PHOTO: FILE

The annual Southland Cricket Association Awards Night was held late last month. The Ensign reporter Sandy Eggleston chatted to Waikoikoi player Ryan McFaul, who scooped the division 2 batsman, bowler and all-rounder of the year awards.

Over the next two weeks other winners will be profiled.

Scoring 143 not out was one of the highlights of last season for Waikoikoi division 2 player Ryan McFaul.

That 143 was one of three triple-figure scores he made during the season.

Overall, he made 596 runs in the 12 games he played at an average of 59.6 runs per game and a strike rate of 107.

Finding the boundary did not seem to be a problem for him, McFaul hitting 43 fours and 18 sixes.

On the day in January he scored that big 143, it was in a match against Albion at Hamilton Park in Gore and he hit 10 fours and seven sixes.

“I would never have thought I could score that many runs and they just kept racking up,” McFaul said.

“I couldn’t really believe it, to be fair, at the end of it.”

Prior to this season, the No 3 had hit only one ton.

The team lost only one game before the division 2 final, which it also lost.

“It was a good season .. I was getting a bit of success.

“The team went really well.

“I did enjoy the season.”

The 23-year-old also featured with the ball, taking 27 wickets.

His best bowling performance was four wickets for just 16 runs.

The seamer said he aimed to bowl “good areas with a bit of pace, stay consistent and try and let the ball do the talking”.