Two of Takapunas finest picked up awards at the annual ACA Awards Dinner held recently at Eden Park.
Young Cricketer of the Year - Brad Cachopa
A fitting reward for a quality season of cricket from Brad where he was the third highest run scorer for the Aces in the Plunket Shield. The perfect illustration of his rapid improvement and ability to learn was provided in his debut match for the Aces when following a second ball duck after being asked to open the innings, he bounced back to post a patient and composed 66 in the second. The season proved that despite his inexperience he is blessed with a temperament and maturity that mean he should have a long career in front of him.
Men's Batsman of the Year - Lou Vincent
Lou Vincent in good form is a joy to watch and in the one day competition this year he was in possibly the form of his life. Two scores in excess of 150, another hundred, plus two more fifties on the way to plundering 642 runs at an astonishing 71.33 - stats don't come much better than that. He also contributed heavily to the Aces HRV Cup success, especially in leading an outstanding Aces fielding performance. His performance this season also made him the second highest run-scorer in one day cricket for Auckland.