Dane van Niekerk, the South African captain, was recognised in the company of the country’s cricketing elite, when she was named South Africa’s Women’s Cricketer of the Year at the Cricket South Africa Awards in Pretoria on Saturday (August 3). This is the third time van Niekerk has won the award in the last four years. She also capped off the night with another award, being voted Players’ Player of the Year by her peers.

Over the last 14 months van Niekerk has been South Africa’s most prolific allround player— scoring 850 runs across both formats, while also taking 12 wickets. During this period, she also scored her maiden ODI century against Sri Lanka earlier this year.

The remaining women’s awards were swept away by a trio of fast bowlers. Marizanne Kapp was named ODI Player of the Year, Shabnim Ismail was T20I Player of the Year and Tumi Sekhukhune grabbed the Newcomer of the Year award. The three joined a host of fast bowling winners through the night— Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Dale Steyn among them.

Earlier in the day, at the CSA Breakfast Awards, Nadine de Klerk from the CSA Girls Under-19 Player of the Tournament, while Sune Luus, won the Women’s Provincial Player of the Year.

Shaun George was named CSA Umpire of the Year for the third year in a row and the CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year went to Bongani Jele.

 

Women’s winners:

SA Women’s Cricketer of the Year: Dane van Niekerk

International Women’s Newcomer of the Year: Tumi Sekhukhune

SA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year: Dane van Niekerk

Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Marizanne Kapp

Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail

Women’s Provincial Player of the year: Sune Luus

Girls Under-19 Player of the Tournament: Nadine de Klerk

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