WOODFORD coach John Houston would love Warrnambool and District Cricket Association division three cricketer of the year Jarryd Lewis in his top grade side.
Lewis collected the honour last night at Warrnambool Bowls Club.
The Eels all-rounder finished with 22 votes, ahead of Koroit’s James Langdon (20) and Dennington’s Jordan Greene (14).
The North Warrnambool Eagles footballer will play for Woodford in the division three grand final against Merrivale this weekend as it strives for back-to-back flags.
Houston said Lewis was a top clubman, capable of playing a role with the bat, behind the stumps or with the ball.
“He is not a massive tonker of the ball, he just gets in behind the ball and plays it really well,” he said.
“He works hard with the kids that are there and really knuckles down and plays an anchor role. He is probably just as good a bowler, if not a better bowler, than a bat.
“But wanting to give everyone a go, he’s been taking the gloves and bowling occasionally.”
Houston said Lewis, in his second season at the club, had the ability to play in the top grade.
“There is no reason why he shouldn’t be playing division one,” he said.
“He is capable but with footy being his priority it’s really up to him.
“We fully understand why. I wish he would play at least twos.”
Greene took out the batting aggregate and average honours.
He belted 794 runs at an impressive average of 99.25.
Russells Creek’s Leigh Finn collected the bowling average with 7.80 and Nirranda’s Josh Oates the bowling aggregate with 22 scalps. Knight Greg Bryce won the wicketkeeping award.