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Year: 2011
Awarded to: Dougie Brown


Cricket followers in the Midlands will be aware of Dougie Brown’s outstanding cricket career with Warwickshire and his subsequent successful move into management and coaching with the county.


He joined Barnt Green in 2007, but the very wet summer, appearances for Warwickshire, and an August injury, restricted his league games in that season.


However, he did register his first century for the club, 109 against West Bromwich Dartmouth and a best bowling return of 5-51 in the victory over Walmley.


Dougie became first eleven captain in 2008 and the team challenged strongly for the Premier League Title that year and did so again in 2010, but with bowling resources stretched, had to settle for fourth place on both occasions.


In 2011, with the team strengthened, Dougie’s dedication and commitment to the job was rewarded as he had a very good Barnt Green team, who lost only one game to a fourth Birmingham League Title and first since 2005.


He is a natural leader and captain, his man management skills, outgoing personality, cricket nous and absolute grasp of tactics earning him the respect of everyone at Barnt Green.  A tremendous team spirit has thus been engendered.


As a player, Dougie’s positive approach and high levels of fitness and stamina have been major factors in him sustaining excellent form with bat and ball throughout his time at Barnt Green.


He has to date, batting in the middle order, scored 2,137 Birmingham League runs for an overall average of 32.38 and, with the ball, his control and the ability to import swing and seam movement in most conditions has yielded him 217 league wickets at exactly 16.00 apiece.


His sequence of 56, 53 and 49 wickets in seasons 2008 to 2010 is easily the best in Barnt Green’s Birmingham League history, no other bowler having exceeded 50 wickets in a season.


Dougie had a superb all round season in 2011 for which he also gained The Birmingham League Player of the Year award, topping the league batting average and finishing second