Griffin Lea receives two major awards at Toronto cricket presentation night | photos

Toronto all-rounder Griffin Lea received two of the major awards at the cricket club's presentation night at Toronto Workers Club on Friday.

It was a particularly buoyant celebration for the Kookaburras who this season won their inaugural first grade premiership in the Newcastle District Cricket Association competition.

Lea, who will join Sydney grade club Manly next season, received the Robert Holland Cup (for best player, voted by a panel) and Junior Player of the Season (under-21).

His first grade skipper Adrian Chad was named Player of the Season (based on points accrued from player statistics).

And club president Aaron Gray was named Club Person of the Year (voted by club members).

The evening was hosted by The Grade Cricketer, the entertaining podcasters, authors and TV presenters.

A special presentation of a memorabilia piece was presented to to the club's first grade scorer, Grahame Jenkinson, who has held the role for 39 years.

"Grahame has been associated with the club for 56 of its 60 years and shed a tear when we won our maiden premiership this season," club president Aaron Gray said.

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Gray announced his retirement as a player, and from the club presidency, ending an unbroken 28-year association with Toronto.

"I was personally humbled to receive the Club Person of the Year award and they sure gave me a send off with an amazing gift (crystal decanter)," Gray said.

"My association with the club is on hold for a while," he said.

A new job and a desire to spend more time with his young family had driven the decision, Gray said.

"I was buoyed by the very nice words said on Friday night and it's a hard decision for me to make," he said.

"I commenced my time with the club back in 1991 when Robert Holland was in the peak of his powers running our junior club. He was great friends with my school principal (Ian Hodge) and it was seamless to play for the club way back then.

"I never thought I'd spend the next 28 years here and the last 10 on the committee (eight as president).

"It's a bloody hard job running a cricket club, but it's something you do because you are passionate about it. I've loved every minute and have lifelong friends because of my association with a club like ours."

Gray said the club was in great hands and in a very strong position "to keep pushing forward".

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