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CRICKET AWARDS

Cricket honours in a time of mediocrity

South Africa National cricket team captains Faf du Plessis and Dane van Niekerk were each named Cricketer of the Year at Sun Arena, Time Square Casino in Pretoria. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)

In a forgettable cricket season, Cricket South Africa has honoured some of its best-performing players.

Saturday night’s annual Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards came in what was arguably the poorest season to date for the South African cricket national teams in the 16 years since CSA first began rewarding outstanding performers.

Both the women’s national team and their male counterparts failed in the two major competitions in the period; the women won just two of their four matches at the World T20 in the Caribbean in November 2018, failing to qualify for the semi-finals, while the men had a horrendous One Day International World Cup in England, winning only three of their nine matches.

However, despite the tough season, the captains of the men’s and women’s teams, Dane van Niekerk and Faf du Plessis, led from the front, putting in decent performances as their charges laboured. And they were honoured by CSA for their efforts. DM

South Africa National Men’s cricket team captain Faf du Plessis receives his Players’ Player of the Year award from Kagiso Rabada. Du Plessis also received the Men’s Cricketer of the Year and the ODI Cricketer of the Year awards. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
South Africa National Women’s cricket team captain Dane van Niekerk won the Women’s Cricketer of the Year and the Women’s Players’ Player of the Year accolades. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Sports anchor Crystal Arnold and television presenter Maps Maponyane co-hosted the 2019 Cricket South Africa Awards ceremony. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
South Africa National Men’s Cricket team batsman Rassie van der Dussen won the International Men’s Newcomer of the Year and Mzansi Super League Impact Player of the Year awards. Van der Dussen made a huge impact this season and was one of the highlights in a woeful World Cup campaign for SA. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Cape Cobras bowler Dane Piedt won the Four-Day Franchise Series Cricketer of the Season and the SACA Most Valuable Player awards. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
South Africa National Women’s Cricket bowler, Tumi Sekhukhune on the red carpet with her mother and Cricket South Africa mascot Zac. Sekhukhune received the International Women’s Newcomer of the Year award. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
South Africa National Men’s Cricket team’s leading all-time wicket-taker Dale Steyn received the KFC Streetwise Award for his wicket-taking feats. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
South Africa National Men’s cricket team bowler Kagiso Rabada was voted the Fans’ Player of the Year. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Proteas internationals Andile Phehlukwayo, left, Junior Dala, centre, and Lungi Ngidi, right, at the ceremony. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Players of the South African National Women’s Cricket team on the red carpet at the awards ceremony. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Cape Cobras bowler Beuran Hendricks was the gentleman of the red carpet, showing some great fielding to ensure his partner didn’t trip over her dress at the ceremony. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
Legendary South African cricketer Makhaya Ntini works the red carpet at the ceremony. (Photo: Yanga Sibembe)
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