The bizhub Highveld Lions had the Annual Awards Function at The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City on Sunday Evening to mark the end of the 2016/2017 season.
The event, which saw sponsors, partners and administrators kitted out in spectacular fashion, was a way to honour the tremendous achievements of individuals in the franchise in the last season.
Chairman of the bizhub Highveld Lions, Dr Oupa Nkagisang, saw this as a fitting way to celebrate a growing professional franchise.
“The bizhub Highveld Lions are proud of the players that are not only coming through our pipeline but also going on to represent South Africa. Congratulations to all players for their contribution tonight.” Nkagisang commented.
Winners of the evening included:
Bowler of the Year went to New Comer, Bjorn Fortuin, who impressed with the ball this year. Batsman of the Year, Players’ Player of the year as well as Player of the Year went to the well-deserving Dwaine Pretorius.
“This has not been our best of seasons but given that 9 players made their franchise debuts including an 18 year old schoolboy and having lost some of the most experienced professionals, it was to be expected. We are incredibly impressed with the growth shown by so many of our players this season. I am proud of the manner in which our players have kept joining the charge and especially of our national representatives, as well as Dwaine and Bjorn,” said Greg Fredericks, Chief Executive Officer.