The Warriors franchise celebrated their end of season with a live streamed Talk show style,Gala dinner at the Tramways building in Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday 04 July, concluding a very courageous and hard fought 2017-2018 season.
The Talk show style dinner was to acknowledge the excellent performances by the Warriors cricketers during the season, while enabling Warriors fans to get to know the players better and be a part of it from all corners of the world.
Judge Ronnie Pillay, Warriors Chairman, said: “the past season was one of the most successful for the Warriors in domestic cricket competitions in recent years, with the Warriors winning the Momentum One-Day Cup trophy, sharing it with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, qualifying for a semi–final spot in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge; and exceeding expectations in the red ball competition from the bottom of the table last year to narrowly missing the top spot in the Sunfoil Series.”
The star of the show on the night was Captain Jon-Jon Smuts who took the player of the series award for 50 overs cricket and was named the Warriors Cricketer of the Year.
Simon Harmer was awarded the Warriors Sunfoil 4-day cricketer of the series and the bowling award. Christiaan Jonker was awarded the 20 overs batting award and player of the series.
Anrich Nortje took home the Most Promising Player of the Year award, while Sisanda Magala received the Warriors 50 overs bowling award and Ghihan Cloete the 50 overs batting award. The trio will be representing the South Africa ‘A’ side when they tour India in August.
The player highlights of the past season included Warriors captain, Jon-Jon Smuts, again being called up for the Standard Bank Proteas T20 side with Christiaan Jonker getting his first call up to the Proteas team.
Matthew Breetzke represented SA at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup and received the Under-19 Cricketer of the Year Award at the 2018 Cricket South Africa Awards.
Batting Award – Colin Ackermann
Bowling Award – Simon Harmer
Player of the Series – Simon Harmer
Momentum One-Day Cup
Batting Award – Gihahn Cloete
Bowling Award – Sisanda Magala
Player of the Series – Jon Jon Smuts
RAM SLAM T20 Challenge
Batting Award – Christiaan Jonker
Bowling Award – Andrew Birch
Player of the Series – Christiaan Jonker
Newcomer of The Year – Anrich Nortje
Player of The Year – Jon Jon Smuts