THEO LAWSON WINS VICTORIA AWARD
It's been a great winter in Australia for the Pembroke cricketing pair of Theo Lawson and Kim Garth.
When Kim was given a contract to play in the Victorian League with Dandenong, her partner Theo joined the club as well.
"The club looked after us superbly," said Lawson. "Dandenong is one of the strongest clubs in Victoria. Their first grade won both the one and two-day competitions in which Peter Siddle and Darren Pattinson took 14 of the 20 wickets in the final."
While Kim Garth was on the winning side again in the Women's Big Bash League with the Sydney Sixers, Lawson has also been among the honours, collecting the Victorian 3rd Grade Cricketer of the Year accolade following a heavy run of scoring.
"I played three two-dayers and scored 201 runs (out once), that included 116 not out and 83 not out.
"I also played two 2 dayers for the second grade but batted once and got 40 not out. In nine innings in third grade I got 250 runs at an average of 62.5 with an 88 not out, 49 not out and 40 not out.
"Obviously I would have liked to play the higher grades but there was players scoring 100s in our seconds every week underlining the strength in depth throughout the club."
The former Ireland youth international played in the 2008 U19 World Cup in Malaysia, and he still has both interprovincial and international hopes.
"We had a great winter (winning the Big Bash again was the highlight for us) but I'm raring to go for the new season and still maintain International ambitions."
Lawson finished fifth in the Leinster senior averages in 2017, scoring 593 runs at 45.62, while he has been consistently in the top ten run scorers in the Leinster senior ranks.
If he carries his form in Australia into the new season then he may not be too far away from a call-up into the Leinster Lightning ranks.