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KZN cricketers and administrators shine at CSA Awards
Durban – The KZN Cricket Union is celebrating the eight significant awards
won by their representatives at this past weekend’s Cricket South Africa
Awards ceremony, with Grant Roelofsen bagging two awards, Dave Miller
scoring one, young Nkululeko Mlaba and Shabnim Ismail winnning one each,
newcomer Ruan de Swardt with two and Mercia Baatjies was named KFC Mini
Cricket Coordinator of the year along with her counterpart from Easterns.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins wicket-keeper batsman Grant Roelofsen has been the
stand-out player for the Durban side this past season where he ended the
Momentum One Day Cup as the competition's top run scorer and also shone
brightly in their 4-Day Domestic Series campaign.
Roelofsen walked away with the Momentum One Day Cup Player of the Year and
the prestigious Domestic Players’ Player of the Year Award for his
consistent performances for the Dolphins throughout the season.
“To be acknowledged by my peers is hugely rewarding and satisfying,”
Roelofsen said. “For them to give me this award is incredible and it
justifies all the hard work that I have done behind the scenes.
“For my fellow cricketers to see that all the hard work paid off and I
relayed it onto the field was a huge highlight for me.”
After such a strong break-out season Roelofsen is determined to reach for
higher honours, however the youngster is going to be patient in making
sure that he eventually achieves his goals.
“I wouldn’t say there is any unnecessary pressure at the moment, it’s
healthy to have that pressure and I want to be on the world stage playing
against the best in the world.
“But that’s all in due time and there is a process that needs to be
“I’ve learnt a lot of patience over the last few seasons and I know that I
have to just keep performing well and knocking the door down,” he
Dolphins star David Miller was also a winner when he took home SA Fans’
Player of the Year.
It was a strong showing too from the Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal Women’s
team members who bagged two awards over the weekend.
Nonkululeko Mlaba won the International Women’s Newcomer of the Year award
while seamer Shabnim Ismail won the Momentum Proteas T20 Cricketer of the
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Ben Dladla says he is proud
of how the players and administrators from the KZN Cricket Union have
“We at KZN Cricket are very proud of the achievements of our players and
administrators at these national awards,” Dladla said. “We are happy that
they continue to fly the flag of KZNCU high and their achievements are
evidence that their hard work is paying off.”
Dladla highlighted the importance of Mlaba’s award and how it is further
proof that grass root structures in the province are reaping rewards.
“To see one of our young female cricketers being given a prestigious award
is hugely encouraging and means the development programme and pipeline in
KZN is producing results.”
CEO of KZN Heinrich Strydom was appreciative of all the effort that has
gone into the union from both a playing and administrative perspective.
"These awards are a result of all the hard work that has gone on behind
the scenes by the players, coaches and office bearers.
"I just want to thank the coaches and staff for all their hard work and it
shows that as a union was are heading in the right direction."
Recent signing for the Dolphins Ruan de Swardt was another big winner on
the night. The all-rounder picked up CSA Student Cricketer of the year and
he also scooped CSA Provincial One-day Cricketer of the year.
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Grant Roelofsen was KZN Cricket's big winner at the recent CSA Awards when
he bagged the CSA Domestic Players' Player of the Year and Momentum One
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