Nicholas Maiolo (Scarborough)
Maiolo was the premier batsman of the competition in season 2017-18, taking all before him to score an astonishing 901 runs throughout his campaign. The highlight of Maiolo’s season came in his side’s Round 13 win over Midland Guildford, where the brilliant batsman scored a brutal 74 in the first innings, before adding an unbeaten 104 in the second innings as Scarborough scraped over the line. With two centuries and seven half centuries to his name, Maiolo will be sure to attract the attention of the umpires.
Matthew Hanna (Willetton)
Hanna was an unstoppable force this season, taking 48 wickets throughout the First Grade season to be the leading wicket taker in the competition. Hanna regularly took big hauls of wickets, none more so than in Round 5 against Midland Guildford, where he took 6-41 in the first innings and followed it up with 7-44 in the second innings, finishing with an unbelievable 13 wickets for the match. With two five wicket hauls and plenty of three and four wicket matches, Hanna looks as though he will poll plenty of two and three vote matches.
Luke Jury (Perth)
Jury performed admirably this season, sitting second overall for runs scored with a whopping total of 698 runs at a solid average of 53.69. A season high score of 122 for Jury came in Round 4 with a dramatic win over Wanneroo which will be sure to attract the three votes from the umpires. Also, Jury’s last nine matches yielded five half centuries plus a ferocious 114 in Round 12 which should see Jury make a late run with a number of two and three vote matches.
Chris Chellew (South Perth)
Chellew also had an outstanding First Grade campaign, taking 40 wickets for South Perth as he finished second in the competition for wickets taken. Although he started the year off slower than he would have liked, Chellew came home with a wet sail, taking 25 wickets in his last five matches, including two five-wicket hauls with a season high 6-68 coming in Round 14 against Wanneroo. If Chellew picks up a couple of single vote matches early, he could make a strong push towards the back half of the count with his impressive late season form.
Garrick Morgan (Joondalup)
While Joondalup endured a topsy-turvy season, the same could not be said for the club’s leading run scorer, Garrick Morgan. With 635 runs at an average of 39.69, Morgan put in some blistering performances, none more so than his incredible 195 in Round 7 against Scarborough. Morgan’s performances should be enough to warrant a decent number of votes from the umpires.
Josh Dallimore (University)
Dallimore was a picture of consistency in season 2017-18, taking at least one wicket in all 15 matches to finish with 37 for the year. University often turned to Dallimore to change the momentum of the game, which he did on numerous occasions, including the Round 6 win over Scarborough where he produced a sizzling 5-13. With two five-wicket hauls to his name, Dallimore’s consistency throught the season could see him pick up a number of one and two vote matches.
Jacob Whiteaker (Claremont Nedlands)
It’s hard enough to be your club’s leading run scorer without having to ‘fight’ the depth that Claremont Nedlands’ possess, however, Jacob Whiteaker did exactly that, scoring 631 runs at an average of 48.54. Jury’s highest score of season 2017-18 came in his side’s Round 8 drubbing of Fremantle, where he put on a dynamic batting display to score an unbeaten 122. With two brilliant centuries and a number of consistent performances, Jury should be close to the top of the leader board come the final rounds.