Former North Coastal Zone cricket player Jonathan Cook has taken out the prestigious Bill O’Reilly Medal as the best player in the NSW Premier 1st Grade competition (Sydney). Cook who captains the Western Suburbs Club, took 56 wickets at an average of 15.5 runs with his leg spinners in 17 matches, and also chipped in with 291 runs at 24.3 with the bat.
The O'Reilly medal winner is determined based on a 3-2-1 points system awarded by the umpires after each match. Cook finished the season with 19 votes, two clear of his nearest rival.
Jonathan had an impressive record as a junior player in the North Coastal Zone, captaining the Zone's first Bradman Cup winning team in 2005-06. This North Coastal team which also included current NSW player Nick Larkin, went on to win the Under 16 State Challenge beating Sydney Green Shield winners Bankstown. In the 2007-08 season, Cook, while still at school in Port Macquarie, played in the last North Coastal Zone Opens team to win a NSW Country Carnival Championships. This team also included South Australian and Australian player Joe Mennie.
Captain of the year in the NSW Premier 1st Grade competition was won by Nick Larkin, with Jonathan Cook coming second - a great effort by both former North Coastal Zone players.