SWD batting hero, Obus Pienaar, won the prestigious SWD Player of the Season Award at their Annual Awards Function that was held at D’Opstal Country lodge near Oudtshoorn on Friday evening.
Pienaar topped the overall Sunfoil Cup Three day averages with an impressive average of 101 after scoring 909 runs in the season with four centuries, four half-centuries and a top score of 186. The SWD U/17 Regional Performance team that excelled at the recent Standard Bank National RPC/Hubb week won the award as a representative provincial team of the year.
Jean du Plessis, who represented the SA U/19 team at the ICC U/19 World Cup in New Zealand earlier this year, received the Simon Swigelaar Floating Trophy for his outstanding achievement.
Envirino Swartz (Union Stars) was the Premier League player of the season, Mark Vermeulen won the award for the Promotion League – scoring 908 runs for Knysna Cavaliers during the season. Anver Venter (Union Stars) won the award as Reserve League Player of the Season, Jermaine Le Kay (Harlequins Forces) the T20 player of the season and Miceala Andrews – who scored the most runs in the Women’s League and taking the most wickets – received the Award as Women’s Player of the Season.
André Isaacs (LSEN Player of the Season), Duan Roberts (Primary Schools Player of the Season), Brian Jack (High Schools Player of the Season), Annerie Dercksen (Girl’s Player of the Season), Miceala Andrews (SWD Women’s Player of the Season), Clint Volkwyn (SWD Scorer of the Season), André Olivier (SWD Umpire of the Season) and Angelo Buch (from Melkhoutfontein CC – the Club Groundsman of the Season) were the respective category winners.
Special Merit Awards were awarded to Matthew Thorne (Selected for the Coca Cola T20 All Star team) , Annerie Dercksen (Selected for SA Fillies Girls U/19 team), Brian Jack (Selected for Cobras Cubs team), Bailey Aarons (Selected for Cobras Franchise Colts team), Athinkosi Kwitshana (Selected for Cobras Franchise Colts team) , Todd Walker (Selected for Cobras Franchise Colts team), Jaco Janse van Rensburg (Selected for Cobras Franchise Colts team), Gurshwin Rabie (Appointed as coach for the Cobras Franchise Colts team), Jaco Janse van Rensburg (Selected for SA Franchise Colts team), Brendon Louw (Played his 50th List A match for SWD), André Olivier (Appointed as Umpire to officiate in CSA National Club Championships) and Jean du Plessis (Selected to represent the SA U/19 team at the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup).
Two members who passed away during the past season – Wilfred Matthews, a former SWD Player and Selector and Eric van der Vyver – who served as President of SWD Cricket in 1994/95 were honored with a Roll of Honor Award.
The respective league and club winners also received their trophies. They were:
- U/15 Promotion League: Oakdale U/15 B
- U/15 Super League: Outeniqua High
- Coca Cola T20: Outeniqua High
- U/19 Promotion League : D’Almeida Hub
- U/19 Super League: Langenhoven Gymnasium
- Women’s League Winners: Union Stars
- Reserve League Winners: Union Stars B
- Promotion League Winners: Knysna Cavaliers
- T20 Knock-Out Competition: Mossel Bay
- Premier League Winners: Union Stars
Caption: Obus Pienaar – the SWD Cricket Player of the Season for 2017/18