Ahh McCain, He’s done it again

After securing his eighth, best and fairest award, Broken Hill cricketer Jarred Paull is in the record books again.

The Central Cricket Club all-rounder set the benchmark after being awarded the Denis Watts Medal for his performance in the 2021 season.

Jarred said it was a “wonderful” feeling to receive the special award.

“Very pleased with it, humbled and appreciative of all that’s happened – it’s been a good run so far,” he said.

He last won the medal two years ago during his playing career that has spanned 20 seasons.

The passionate sportsman expressed he gets the same buzz when crowned the league’s best player and said he would love to see his record broken.

“I’m very thankful to just win one of them, and to be able to win multiple ones is fantastic,” he said.

“I’m very passionate about my cricket, and I enjoy every bit of it.

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“Records are there to be broken, so by all means, I’d like to see multiple people go past it.”

Each season, players across the four teams battle it out for the competition’s highest honours.

A run count of 200 and a wicket tally of about 20 has been suggested as the desired goal for each squad member.

The eight-time medallist said team achievements come before the individual accolades.

“I’m definitely driven by premierships,” Jarred said. “When it comes individual sides of it, we try and share the load as best as we can.

“It’s enjoyable being out there playing with teammates and gaining friendships. All this sort of stuff is just a bonus.”

Barrier District Cricket League President, Peter Johnston, said the medal honours the cricketer of the year.

“It’s the ultimate award for local cricket,” he said. “It takes into account all facets of the game.”

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Mr Johnston believes Jarred is a deserved recipient and hopes his achievement can inspire others.

“He is a great role model for his side, a good clubman and has respect from other players in the league,” he said.

The league boss is keen to see the junior competition grow in the future and is proud of the progress the women’s teams have made.

As this season’s final approaches, Jarred believes it will be a very close race to the premiership title.

“It’s the best competition I’ve seen in the last few years because it’s so tight, and no one knows who’s going to come on top at the end,” he said.

“I think there’s a least three teams that on their day has the potential to win the grand final.”

There are three rounds left to play before the final series begin.

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