MERRIVALE bowler Bill Fary received an early 50th birthday present last night — a third straight Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division two cricketer of the year honour.
Fary, who turns 50 today, would love a belated birthday present too, with the Tigers aiming for back-to-back premierships this weekend.
The experienced leg-spinner, who shared the 2012-13 award with Woodford’s Anthony Jackson, collected 14 votes.
He finished four votes clear of joint runners-up: Woodford’s James Umbers and Koroit’s Mark Jones, at the vote count at Warrnambool Bowls Club.
Fary also won the bowling average with 8.25 and the bowling aggregate with 32 scalps.
“I enjoy playing,” he said. “I just had a consistent year and we’re into the grand final.”
Fary will play alongside son Sean in the division two decider against West Warrnambool.
The father-son combination played in the Tigers’ 2012-13 premiership win together.
“It is good. We won it together last year,” Fary said.
“But it is just good to play together. He started in division one and is back opening the bowling in division two.”
Woodford’s Jayvan Houston won the batting aggregate and average trophies. Houston notched 441 runs at an average of 73.50. Nestles’ Stuart Brown and West Warrnambool’s Ryan Youl shared the wicketkeeping honours.