David Masterson and Mieke de Ridder were named the cricketers of the year at the Madibaz Cricket Club annual awards function held last week at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth.
The players excelled for the men’s and women’s teams respectively, setting the tone with the bat as they emerged as the top run-scorers.
Masterson had an aggregate of 547 runs at an average of 68.37 and Madibaz Sport Cricket manager Sipho Sibande said he contributed off the field as well.
“He serves on the club executive committee as vice-chairman,” he said.
“Thanks to his batting he played an instrumental part in ensuring that Madibaz reached the final of the University Sport South Africa tournament in October last year.”
De Ridder won the women’s award thanks to some significant performances with the bat.
“Her contributions to the team saw the club reach the final of the NMB Women’s T20 Mayoral Cup, where they lost against Old Grey,” said Sibande.
Fast bowler Solomzi Nqweni received the prestigious chairman’s award for his contributions to the club both on and off the field.
“He has always conducted himself in a professional and exemplary manner,” said Sibande.
Madibaz captain Lloyd Brown was recognised for his commitment to the cricket club by receiving the courage and determination award.
The award winners were:
Cricketer of the year: David Masterson
Most promising player: Joshua van Heerden
Most improved player: Kyle Jacobs
Clubmanship: Sandiso Nogemane
Chairman’s award: Solomzi Nqweni
Courage and determination award: Lloyd Brown
Conscientiousness: Morne Venter
Women’s player of the season: Mieke de Ridder