Players and administrators recognised at awards

2014-06-26 00:00

LOCAL and provincial cricketers were recognised by the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU) and the Durban and Districts Cricket Union ­(DDCU) at the annual awards ceremony at Kingsmead last Friday.

Players and administrators were recognised for their contribution to cricket in the province and their performances over the past season.

The guest of honour was Cricket South Africa national selector Hussein Manack, while eThekwini Municipality’s head of Parks, Recreation and Culture, Thembinkosi Ngcobo, was also in attendance.

Among the players there on the night were David Miller, who recently returned from a rich IPL for the King’s XI Punjab and was awarded CSA’s Ram Slam (T20) Cricketer of the Year accolade, and Kyle Abbott, who has been recognised for his hard work and consistent performance by being awarded a contract with CSA. He also bagged two awards at the CSA banquet earlier this month, winning the Domestic Players’ Player of the Season and the SACA Most Valuable Player award.

Speaking at the awards evening last Friday, KZNCU president Fa-eez Jaffar said it was an honour to acknowledge the administrators, umpires, players and scorers; the lifeblood of the game who make cricket worthwhile.

He also recognised Sagren Naidoo with the prestigious KZN President’s Award, for his long service to the game as a former administrator, umpire and selector.

For the Dolphins, who were winners of the Ram Slam T20 trophy, captain Morne van Wyk was the Player of the Season and Jonathan Vandiar was named Provincial Player of the Season, an indication that he is on track to return to the senior side.

Umlazi was recognised with the Township Team of the Season award. The Wade award went to Berea Rovers and Xolani Gasa was adjudged the Groundsman of the Season.

DDCU president Rajesh Sookhay paid tribute to Vic de Palo and Rajin Ramsaroop, who received the Long Service Award and DDCU President Ward respectively, for their commitment and dedication through the years in taking cricket to the community and nurturing talented youngsters.

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