Yolandi Potgieter named Free State Player of the Year

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Yolandi Potgieter named Free State Player of the Year

Yolandi Potgieter. © SuperSport

Yolandi Potgieter claimed the two big awards at Free State's virtual awards on Thursday (May 28). The allrounder was named Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year having enjoyed a successful 2019-20 domestic season.

Potgieter topped the batting charts for Free State in both the one-day and T20 competitions in the 2019-20 season, while also claiming a total of 13 wickets across formats - the most for Free State. With over 300 runs to her credit through the season, the skipper was one of the few bright spots for Free State through what was an otherwise disappointing campaign. She registered one half-century in each format, accounting for two of the three fifties scored by the team across events.

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The 31 year-old took a season-best haul of 4 for 9 in what ended up being the team's final match of the 2019-20 one-day competition, leading them to their only win in the format.

Potgieter, who has played over 20 internationals for South Africa - the last of which came in 2014 - is one of the most experienced member of the Free State side, opening the batting for them, while also often bowling her quota of overs in every game.

Meanwhile, Rene Nel was named Rookie of the Year following a few promising performances in her maiden senior season. In 10 matches, she took eight wickets, including a best of 2 for 23 in Free State's only win of the one-day tournament.