Manenti wins Dansie Medal in first year at SA

He also took out the Marsh One Day Cup MVP award.

Manenti finished on 183 votes, ahead of fast-bowlers Wes Agar on 156 and Nathan McAndrew on 133.

The order was reversed for Lord Hampden Trophy – with Agar taking top spot as the best Sheffield Shield player, ahead of Manenti and McAndrew.

There was a three-way tie for second place behind Manenti in the One Day Cup voting, with Henry Hunt, Nathan McSweeney and McAndrew all recognised for consistent seasons.

Primarily recruited to South Australia from Tasmania as another off-spin bowling option – and he delivered on that front with 23 Sheffield Shield wickets and another 11 in the shorter format of the game – Manenti has finished the season better known as a batting all-round than the other way round.

Often Manenti’s big-hitting innings saved the Redbacks from precarious positions in games as he made 458 runs in Shield at an average of 35.23 and a strike-rate of 77.9, while he complied 168 runs at a 33.6 average with a 119.1 strike-rate in the Marsh Cup.

Manenti’s all-round prowess was on show from his debut game for South Australia.

In the opening Marsh Cup match against Queensland, Manenti made a game high 60 runs before taking 2-37 in a 61-run victory that set the tone for a finals-bound One Day team.

Manenti ended up finishing fourth on the wicket-tally in the Marsh Cup.

It was a similar story in his SA Shield debut, with Manenti hitting a half-century in both innings against his former team, along with taking three wickets and two catches – including an absolute screamer in slips.

That theme continued throughout the season, with Manenti taking 11 Shield catches with a number of them equally as impressive as the first against Tasmania.

Other highlights of Manenti’s domestic season include a five-wicket haul in a Shield match against Western Australia and making his highest First-Class score of 88 against Queensland.

It is the second time that Agar has been recognised as South Australia’s best Sheffield Shield player, after he won the Lord Hampden Trophy in 2019-20.

Agar took the most wickets for the Redbacks this season with 36 at an average of 27.36 and economy rate of 3.11, with those numbers leading him to finish third on the Shield wicket-taking list.

His best figures were against Victoria with 5-54, while he also made his maiden First-Class half-century as a nightwatchman against New South Wales.

First-drop Daniel Drew was recognised for finishing as the side’s highest Shield run scorer with 636 runs at 45 – with those numbers securing him second place on the competitions’ tally, despite playing two less games than a majority of the other batters.

In the Marsh Cup, two Henry’s were called out – Thornton for taking a team-high 14 wickets and Hunt for making a team-high 292 runs.

After a consistent season in all formats, Nathan McSweeney earned the Barry Jarman Award after having displayed significant improvement, distinguished character and respect for the game in the last 12 months.

McSweeney finished equal second in the Marsh Cup MVP voting after making 284 runs at 40 and also hit his maiden First Class century this season.

For the second year in a row, fast bowler Jordan Buckingham received the Barry ‘Nugget’ Rees Award for his passion, humility, honesty, integrity, team work and respect for the game of cricket.

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