The Central Gauteng Lions (CGL) would like to warmly congratulate all of the franchise winners, as well as all others, at the recent Cricket South Africa awards held on Saturday 3 August 2019 in Tshwane.
Perhaps the most notable award went to Rassie van der Dussen as International Newcomer of the Year. He had an outstanding average of 73 and strike rate of 81 in ODIs and a strike rate of 133 in T20 Internationals in his debut season. These figures included an average of 62 and a strike rate of 90 in his maiden appearance at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. He also bagged the inaugural Mzansi Super League award for Jozi Stars as Mzansi Super League Impact Player of the Year.
Another big winner in the Professional Awards category was Bjorn Fortuin of the bizhub Highveld Lions who was named CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Year as well as Domestic Players’ Player of the season. The Lions had further success with Enoch Nkwe being named Pitchvision Coach of the Season.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL
Women’s T20 Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail
International Men’s Newcomer of the Year: Rassie van der Dussen
SA Fans’ Player of the Year: Kagiso Rabada
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC
Pitchvision Coach of the Season: Enoch Nkwe (bizhub Highveld Lions)
CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Season: Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Domestic Players’ Player of the Season: Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions)
Mzansi Super League Impact Player of the Year: Rassie van der Dussen (Jozi Stars)
Regarding the Bidvest Wanderers Cricket Stadium side of things, CGL would like to congratulate and thank Bethuel Buthelezi and Evan Flint on their award of groundsmen of the year.
Gauteng Scorers Association won the scorers association of the year award for the 13th consecutive year.
CEO of Central Gauteng Lions Mr. Greg Fredericks was delighted with the season’s outcomes:
“I am grateful for the recognition given to our players by CSA. We’ve had an outstanding season with many more players over and above those rewarded having performed for us with bat and ball: A warm congratulations to you all: May the new season bring as much joy to all of you as our last.”