Sunderland-born title winner Gary Scott named as First Division player of the season in the NEPL

Gary Scott was last night named as the Dukes North East Premier League's First Division player of the season

Gary Scott was last night named as the Dukes North East Premier League's First Division player of the season

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Wearsider Gary Scott was last named as the Dukes North Premier League’s First Division player of the season.

Batsman Scott was a key man as Felling clinched promotion to the Premier Division, pipping Sacriston to the First Division championship by four points.

In the league, the 32-year-old Sunderland-born former Durham player hit 813 runs at an average of 42.79 and took 19 wickets, including 4-7 against Sunderland.

It was an inspirational effort for Scott in his first season at Felling, after opting to leave Hetton Lyons at the end of the 2015 campaign.

Chester-le-Street won the top-flight title, but the player of the season award went to prolific batsman Jacques du Toit of runners-up Newcastle.

The other prize winners at the presentation evening at Newcastle’s Life Centre last night were:

Second Division player of the season: Adam Nairn (Chester-le-Street)

Third Division player of the season: Harrison Munton (Burnmoor)

Sunday First Division player of the season: Mark Mason (Blaydon)

Sunday Second Division player of the season: Chris Elliott (Gateshead Fell)

Midweek League player of the season: Iain Cruickshank (Sacriston)

Frank Jermy Trophy (Under-17s player of the season): Max Williamson (Benwell Hill)

Umpire of the year: Harry Stephenson

Best new umpire: Jordan Montgomery Else