iCollege ACT Comet quick, Tom Rogers has won the prestigious 2016-17 Toyota Futures League Player of the Year award.
Rogers was presented with the award at Cricket ACT’s presentation evening on Thursday night, before his family and fellow Comets, where he also won the Solway Medal, awarded to the Comet player of the year.
The emerging bowler played six matches for the ACT’s Futures League side this season and bowled 203.3 overs - more than any bowler in the competition - finishing with 24 wickets at an average of 31.4. Rogers was the equal second leading wicket taker for the competition, and claimed best figures of 5-47 against the very strong Victorian outfit in Round 5.
He also scored two half-centuries - compiling 82 against New South Wales in Round 3 and 89 against Tasmania in Round 6.
“It’s quite good to be in a competition with some of the best players in Australia, playing against Test players and international One-Day and Twenty20 players such as Chris Lynn, Patty Cummins and Xavier Doherty,” Rogers said.
“It’s an honour to be awarded this award, with that company involved.”
There were plenty of promising signs for the ACT this season, despite a tough run in terms of results.
Rogers said it was important for players in the region to have the opportunity to test themselves against high quality opposition in order to improve.
“You’re obviously not exposed to that level of talent in Grade cricket, so the more that you can face those bowlers bowling 140 (kilometres) or high 130s (and) you’re bowling against batters whose ability to score goes up another level from Grade cricket,” he said.
“The more you play against better players the more enjoyable it is. Hopefully my game will improve. You learn more and more each day.”
Coach of the Comets, Aiden Blizzard, spoke highly of Rogers’ performance throughout the League, commenting particularly on his tireless dedication to the game.
“Tom is thoroughly deserving of this award.”
“He has worked hard on and off the field over the last season and a half with us, and has really matured as a cricketer this season. Tom has the work ethic and skill set to play a lot of first class and BBL cricket.”
“He has the skills to become a genuine all-rounder and a dangerous hard hitter.”
“His tireless dedication to this game is reflected in his results, and he should be very proud to earn this significant award.”