MATT McMahon’s status as one of Ballarat’s premier cricketers has received a further boost with his selection in the Victorian Country Cricket League’s team of the year.
The Brown Hill paceman and reigning EJ Cleary medallist was the only Ballarat Cricket Association player to be selected in the team this month, which was announced for just the second time.
McMahon was also named in the inaugural team last year. In both years he was the only Ballarat cricketer to make the team.
The team of the year is formed by the best performers in country cricket and is selected on a statistical basis.
McMahon took 53 wickets in 12 BCA matches over the 2012-13 season at an average of 11.08 and strike rate of 28.74.
With season best figures of 7/52, he had four five-wicket innings and snared 10 wickets in a match once for the season.
Joint winners of the 2012-13 season with Darley’s Matt Cape, the Bull’s strike bowler said it was an honour to receive the award but that he would have much preferred his side to at least make finals.
“It’s nice to get that sort of thing and recognition for a good year,” McMahon said.
“There are better things getting around though. You’d rather be in a winning team playing finals than getting awards on paper.”
With Brown Hill having recruited heavily over winter, most notably with former Australian paceman Shane Harwood, McMahon said he was looking forward to what he hoped would be a stronger season by the Bulls.