Tazmin Brits in action against Pakistan. © Cricket South Africa/Twitter

Tazmin Brits won the Women’s Provincial Cricketer of the Year award for 2019-20 in Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) annual Amateur Awards, it was announced on Friday (July 3).

The Amateur Awards are generally held as a Breakfast Awards ceremony on the day of the CSA Awards (which is on Saturday, July 4), but due to COVID-19, it was held 24 hours earlier and streamed online.

Brits proved to be a run-machine for North West in the CSA Women’s Provincial League, raking up 347 runs in nine matches. She hit a ton to go with her two half centuries and had a strike rate of 94.80 in the competition. She had the second-most runs in the tournament – just 49 short of Anneke Bosch’s 396 runs.

The form of North West’s skipper wasn’t restricted to the 50-over format. She was the leading run-scorer in the CSA Women’s Provincial T20 competition, scoring 369 runs in nine T20s at an average of 61.50 and a strike rate of 122.18. She also scored an unbeaten 119 – the only century in the tournament – in North West’s win over Free State.

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While North West won the 50-over competition, they finished second in the ‘Top 6 Group’ of the T20 tourney, before it was called off due to the pandemic.

“Congratulations to all our Amateur Award winners,” said Jacques Faul, Chief Executive of CSA. “These young men and women keep the spirit of our amateur game so strong.”

“And a special word of congratulations to those who have had to overcome disabilities to be honoured here today. We can be very happy with the strength of our various development programmes that play a vital part in our talent identification pipeline.”