Shark claims award after long absence

Apollo Bay cricketer Tyson Holt has pocketed $500 after claiming this year’s KFC Colac CricketStar crown after a dominant individual season. The Shark finished ahead of last year’s winner Levi Dare by a whopping 222 points.

Tyson Holt has reminded Colac district cricket followers of his talent in the sport during his return to the top grade after a decade-long absence.

The Apollo Bay star, who previously only featured in a handful of lower-grade games since re-joining the coastal club in 2011, has produced one of the more dominant seasons in recent history this summer.

The 36-year-old excelled with both bat and ball this season, taking a staggering 35 wickets and amassing almost 500 runs in just 10 games to claim the KFC Colac CricketStar crown and go into next Wednesday’s Bill Johnston Medal count a red-hot favourite.

The Sharks, which ultimately missed finals by three runs at the weekend, can thank Holt’s 8-year-old son Tamar for his cricket comeback.

The Apollo Bay-based builder and former Hawks senior football coach last played a full season of Division One cricket during Irrewarra’s 2005-06 premiership season, when Holt delivered a five-wicket haul and 34 runs against his former junior club Colac in the decider.

Holt said Tamar’s growing interest in the sport led to his decision to play cricket again, despite ongoing battles with a left knee, which has resulted in “all up around 16 surgeries” after several setbacks during a decorated football career in the CDFL.

“To be honest I didn’t want to play, but Tamar convinced me basically because he’s starting to get into it and he wanted to start going down to the cricket,” he said.

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