National team skipper Dané van Niekerk lead teammates Laura Wolvaardt and Chloe Tryon as women winners at the Cricket South Africa Awards Banquet 2018 on Saturday evening at the Sandton Convention Centre, 2018 in Johannesburg.
- Chloe Tryon at 01:28
- Laura Wolvaardt at 01:48
- Dané van Niekerk at 03:03
Van Niekerk has previously been named South African Women’s Cricketer of the Year in 2016, and scooped the top award again after a stellar year that saw her ranked as the No. 2 all-rounder in women’s international cricket, and the No. 9 ranked bowler.
Nevermind just her ridiculous cricket ability, but Danè van Niekerk changing the mindset of the national team has been a major part of why she’s been such a great player for SA in the last year. She’s a national treasure. #CSAawards18
— stuart hess (@shockerhess) June 2, 2018
She achieved an historic milestone at the ICC Women’s World Cup when she returned the stunning figures of 4/0 against the West Indies and led the Momentum Proteas to their best ever performance at this tournament when they lost by the narrowest of margins in the semi-finals to eventual champions England.
The other top awards in the women’s category went to Laura Wolvaardt, who did the double of SA Women’s Players Player of the Year and Momentum Women’s ODI Player of the Year, and Chloe Tryon who was named Momentum Women’s T20 International Player of the Year.
“Simply outstanding! What a year both Dane (has) had,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe. “(She has) shown the maturity of (a) seasoned campaigner with performances that have really counted when needed most, often blowing away the opposition in the process.
“It is encouraging that for the second time in a row our premier awards have gone to our young stars who are shining with distinction alongside our world-class senior players (Van Niekerk 25).
“Our Momentum Women’s Proteas continue to challenge to be among the best in the world and I find it particularly encouraging that all our national teams have a truly non-racial make-up. I must particularly highlight the way our women gripped the imagination of the country as they came so close to their first ever ICC Final.
“Our domestic cricket remains blessed with great talents and congratulations to all the winners in those categories as well.
“I warmly congratulate all our winners, both at international and domestic level, and I also wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, too.”
Winners at the 2018 Cricket South Africa Awards:
- Dané van Niekerk – South African Women’s Cricketer of the Year
- Laura Wolvaardt – SA Women’s Players Player of the Year
- Laura Wolvaardt – Momentum Women’s ODI Player of the Year
- Chloe Tryon – Momentum Women’s T20 International Player of the Year
Photo 1 caption: Momentum Chief Marketing Officer Xoliswa Ndungane (second from right) is pictured with Proteas women skipper Dané van Niekerk (second from left), who was named South African Women’s Cricketer of the Year after a stellar year in which she earned world number two status among all-rounders, at Cricket SA’s Awards Banquet 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre on 2 June, 2018. Photo: @OfficialCSA
Photo 2 caption: Watch the video highlights of the Cricket SA Awards on Youtube (Chloe Tryon at 01:28; Laura Wolvaardt at 01:48; and Dané van Niekerk at 03:03)