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KYLE ABBOTT NOMINATES WARRIORS

 
Proteas and former Dolphins player Kyle Abbott has nominated the Warriors as his franchise for the forthcoming season. The Warriors have not had a Proteas contracted player in their ranks for some time and the addition of Abbott to the team brings a wealth of experience and a fresh approach to the game.
 
28 year old Kyle was born and bred in Durban and made his first class debut for Kwa Zulu Natal in 2009. He made his Test debut in 2013 against Pakistan where he produced bowling figures of 7/29.
 
He has played 7 Test Matches, 24 ODI’s and 21 T20 matches for the Proteas. The right arm medium fast bowler who gets the ball to swing at pace is a welcome addition to the Warriors squad.
 
“I am looking forward to this new challenge and having the opportunity to play for the Warriors will take me out of my comfort zone. I also get to play alongside guys like Andrew Birch and Simon Harmer” said Abbott.
 
“I am extremely excited about Kyle joining the Warriors. He is a quality fast bowler and and a great guy to have as part of our squad. He will certainly add value both on and off the field, in helping grow our next generation of bowlers”, said Jesse Chellan, CEO of the Warriors.
 
Coach Mali Maketa, said “One of our main goals is to produce Protea players and to have Kyle come in will help us fast-track this process through his experience and the know how of what it takes to get there. I look forward to working with him and I am positive the other players will learn from having another national player in the changeroom.”
 
Kyle is currently in India for the IPL where he will play for the Kings IX Punjab and will join the Warriors in September for their pre-season.
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AB DE VILLIERS REPEATS AS SA CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

AB DE VILLIERS matched the performance of Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) when he was named South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year for the second successive year when he received the 2015 award at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Midrand on Wednesday night.

Only eight players have received CSA’s most prestigious award and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011) and Hashim Amla (2010 and 2013) are the other players to be awarded twice. The other previous winners are Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009), and Vernon Philander (2012).

De Villiers swept the board of almost all the accolades available to him, winning five awards. He thus emulated the performance of Hashim Amla who won five awards in 2010. De Villiers was also named Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year while his peers and his fans honoured him by voting for him as SA Players’ Player of the Year and SA Fans’ Player of the Year respectively. He also received the KFC So Good Award for scoring the fastest century in the history of ODI Cricket against the West Indies in December 2014.

The other major awards went to Hashim Amla as Test Cricketer of the Year and Morne van Wyk as Ticketpro T20 Cricketer of the Year while Dale Steyn won the RAM Delivery of the Year and Rilee Rossouw was named SA Newcomer of the Year.

Shabnim Ismail was named Momentum Women’s Cricketer of the Year.

“This has been another great year with truly wonderful achievements from our top players,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat. “AB is just so special and surely he must be the best all-round cricketer in the world. His performances are sheer class and his No. 2 ranking in Test match cricket and No. 1 in ODI cricket only tells a part of his amazing skills.

“He has always been an entertainer and a trendsetter while at the same time he has that unique ability to dig really deep when it matters.

“AB de Villiers has modestly taken limited overs batting to a new level and he has done it with style and panache that is simply beyond the reach of most. He is a true batting genius! He now holds the world records for the fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODI cricket

“We are proud of the scale of his achievements and, more importantly, the manner in which he does it. He is an exceptionally talented cricketer who always adapts to the needs of the team.

“Our Proteas have again displayed true world-class performances in the past year and I salute not only the Award winners but all of them for a year of great performances. The fact that there were again as many as five worthy candidates for the top award speaks volumes.

“Our domestic cricket remains blessed with great talents and congratulations to all the winners in that category as well.”

“I warmly congratulate all our winners including the likes of our umpires, grounds staff and scorers, without whose contribution the game cannot be played.

The bizhub Highveld Lions and the Nashua Cape Cobras dominated the domestic professional category. The Lions had three winners in Geoffrey Toyana (Pitchvision Coach of the Season), Stephen Cook (Sunfoil Series Player of the Season) and Kagiso Rabada as Domestic Newcomer of the Season. The Cobras’ players honoured were Robin Peterson (Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Season) and Dane Paterson (Domestic Players’ Player of the season). The RAM SLAM T20 Player of the Season went to Kieron Pollard of the West Indies who represented the Cobras.

Paterson also won the SACA Most Valuable Player award while The Unlimited Titans won the CSA Fair Play Award. Rudolph du Preez, the curator at SuperSport Park, was named CSA Groundsman of the Year.

Johan Cloete was named CSA Umpire of the Year while the CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year went to Adrian Holdstock.

The Khaya Majola Lifetime Achievement Award went to Shepherd Ngcaba for his services to the game over nearly half a century. He has been the driving force behind the success of the Good Hope Cricket Club in King Williamstown and has played a major role in the development of facilities in the surrounding rural areas. He has also served on the executive of the Border Cricket Board and is still very active in serving the game he loves.

AWARD WINNERS

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: NATIONAL

SA Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla

Castle Lager ODI Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

Ticketpro T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Morne van Wyk

SA Players’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers

SA Fans’ Player of the Year: AB de Villiers

KFC ‘So Good’ Award: AB de Villiers (fastest ever ODI century v West Indies at Bidvest Wanderers)

RAM Delivery of the Year: Dale Steyn (third Test match against West Indies at Newlands)                                                                                                   

Momentum women’s Cricketer of the Year: Shabnim Ismail

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: DOMESTIC

Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season: Stephen Cook (BizHub Highveld Lions)

Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season: Robin Peterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)

RAM SLAMMER of the Season: Kieron Pollard (Nashua Cape Cobras)

Pitchvision Coach of the Year: Geoffrey Toyana (BizHub Highveld Lions)

Domestic Players’ Player of the Season:  Dane Paterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)

CSA Fair Play Award: The Unlimited Titans

SACA Most Valuable Player Award: Dane Paterson (Nashua Cape Cobras)

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS: OPERATIONS

CSA Groundsman of the Year: Rudolph du Preez (SuperSport Park)

CSA Scorers’ Association of the Year: Gauteng Cricket Board

CSA Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Adrian Holdstock

CSA Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete

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