Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday, hosted its annual CSA Awards Breakfast in association with KFC where the stars of the amateur cricket scene were honoured in a lavish ceremony at Killarney Country Club in Johannesburg.
The Awards Breakfast commemorates the accomplishments of the growing talent in the country as CSA continues to drive its vision of making cricket a truly national sport of winners.
This year, CSA and KFC are proud to announce the extension of the partnership between the organisations as well as the renewal of the KFC Mini-Cricket sponsorship for the next 10 years.
CSA President, Mr Chris Nenzani said: “CSA Day is the highlight of our cricketing calendar. It brings the entire cricket family together as we celebrate the diversity of our nation and salute not just our super stars but those who have overcome adversity in all its forms to achieve great deeds.
“It is also an occasion to congratulate all those unsung heroes who work so tirelessly behind the scenes without any reward other than the knowledge that they have completed a job well done. It is indeed an occasion for good cheer and camaraderie as much as a salute to our acknowledged champions.
“There is thus a lot more to celebrate than to acknowledge this year’s award winners. Cricket is the common thread that gives us a sense of national pride and unity. We have achieved much that we can be proud of during the course of the past 24 years but these successes must also serve to remind us that there is still much that needs to be done.
“I would like to congratulate all our award winners. Your successes are well deserved and will serve as an inspiration not just to yourselves to set the cross bar even higher but also to those who will be inspired by you to follow in your footsteps in the years ahead.”
“Looking back on another successful and highly active season of KFC Mini-Cricket, we are incredibly proud to be announcing our continued support of the KFC Mini-Cricket programme for the next ten years,” Mike Middleton, Chief Marketing Officer of KFC Africa said.
“Our shared vision remains to get more kids in South Africa to lead active lifestyles through the KFC Mini-Cricket programme and we will continue to work closely with our partner, Cricket South Africa, to take development cricket to the next level and continue to build upon the positive momentum generated over the course of five very successful seasons.”
Dinesha Devnarain received CSA’s first ever Women’s Provincial Cricketer of the Year award for her outstanding work as both captain and coach of the KwaZulu-Natal Coastal team. Other big winners included Coca-Cola SA U19 Cricketer of the Year, Janneman Malan, Coca-Cola Schools T20 Player of the Tournament, Dean Foxcroft for leading Hoërskool Menlo Park to their second tournament title and Pitch Vision Semi-Professional Coach of the Year, Enoch Nkwe of the Gauteng Strikers.
Murray Coetzee took home the Student Cricketer of the Year award for his stellar work with the bat during the 2014/15 USSA A Week, while Keegan Petersen from University of Stellenbosch (Maties) was named Momentum Club Championship Player of the Tournament. This is Petersen’s second-consecutive CSA Award. In 2013/14, he received the CSA Provincial Three-Day Cricketer of the Year (now Sunfoil Three-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year) award. Although he did not come from the winning team this year, Petersen made a huge impact for Maties with the bat to get them to the final. He scored 323 runs in six innings, with a highest score of 158 and a strike rate of 92.82. He was “not-out” three times with two half-centuries, 35 fours, six sixes and six catches overall.
In the provincial cricket awards, Gauteng’s Devon Conway was named CSA Provincial T20 Cricketer of the Year, while Kyle Nipper (KZN Inland) and Dale Deeb (Gauteng) took home the CSA Provincial One-Day and Sunfoil Cup Three-Day Cricketer of the Year awards respectively.
KFC Mini-Cricket Coach of the Year – Ragini Moodley (KZN)
CSA U15 Player of the Tournament – Jade de Klerk (Eastern Province)
CSA U17 Player of the Tournament – Aaqil Ebrahim (Western Province)
CSA Girls U19 Player of the Tournament – Micaéla Andrews (SWD)
Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week Player of the Tournament – Matthew Christensen (Western Province)
Coca-Cola U19 Cricketer of the Year – Janneman Malan (North West)
Coca-Cola Schools T20 Cricketer of the Year (2014) – Marco Lombard (Eastern Province)
Coca-Cola Schools T20 Cricketer of the Year (2015) – Dean Foxcroft (Northerns)
CSA Deaf Cricketer of the Year – Sivesh Poonsamy (Gauteng)
CSA Intellectually Impaired Cricketer of the Year – Eldrich George (Eastern Province)
CSA Rural Cricketer of the Year – Mkhululi Calana (Border)
Momentum National Club Championship Player of the Tournament – Keegan Petersen (Boland)
CSA Student Cricketer of the Year – Murray Coetzee (Tuks)
CSA HUB Coach/Administrator of the Year – Ikgomotseng Mothoa (Northerns)
Pitch Vision Semi-Professional Coach of the Year – Enoch Nkwe (Gauteng)
CSA Women’s Provincial Cricketer of the Year – Dinesha Devnarain (KZN)
CSA Provincial T20 Cricketer of the Year – Devon Conway (Gauteng)
CSA Provincial One-Day Cricketer of the Year – Kyle Nipper (KZN Inland)
Sunfoil Three-Day Cup Cricketer of the Year – Dale Deeb (Gauteng)