AFTER a career-best season, dual cricketer of the year Ben Grinter says he wants to take the next step in his cricket if an opportunity comes up.
Nanjing Night Net

Grinter clinched back-to-back cricketer of the year awards at South West Cricket’s (SWC) presentation on Monday night after the Terang captain made 600 runs and grabbed 23 wickets during the 2011-12 home-and-away season.

As well as leading Terang to the minor premiership, he helped SWC to Melbourne Country Week glory, captained the Western Waves to the under 21 state country championship and represented the Victorian Country Cricket League.

He nominated the division two Country Week triumph as the highlight of his 2011-12 campaign.

“That was probably the most enjoyable part of the season,” he said.

“The 183 (runs) I got against Camperdown, that wasn’t as good as winning Country Week and getting the chance to go up to the provincial division.”

The 21-year-old said at this stage he plans to play South West Cricket again next season.

“But if an opportunity comes up to go down to play (Premier Cricket) in Melbourne or Geelong, that’s something I would look at doing,” he said.

Grinter was the hot favourite to claim consecutive cricketer of the year awards at Noorat on Monday night, but the modest all-rounder did not attend the presentation with high hopes.

“I thought Tim Keane or Chris Laurie were the big chances,” he said. “Both of them had pretty good seasons with the bat and the ball.”

Grinter’s season included three successive centuries from rounds seven to nine. He hit 183 against the Lakers, which was followed by 115 against Mortlake and 127 against Boorcan.

Grinter’s tons contributed to him also taking home the batting aggregate award.

He said winning this season’s cricketer of the year award was just as special as last year’s honour.

“They’re pretty much the same,” he said.

“But I think missing out on a grand final chance this year put a bit of a dampener on (Monday) night.”

Minor premier Terang was knocked out of the semi-final by Noorat, which will take on Mortlake in this weekend’s decider.

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