Cricket Namibia (CN), at its annual awards ceremony held in the capital over the weekend, recognised and awarded the country’s top performers and various outstanding administrators.
The award ceremony took place at Wanderers Hall and saw more than 20 categories being awarded. The awards also saw the introduction of new categories such as Richelieu Franchise T20 Top Batsman, Richelieu Franchise T20 Top Bowler and the Richelieu Franchise T20 Winner.
Another category, which was included at this year’s award ceremony, was the top Over 50 Batsman and the Top over 50 Bowler, which award cricketers above age 40 and older.
Jandre Botha was awarded best U/13 Player of the Year, while Romano Paulus was awarded best U/15 Player of the Year.
Mathew de Gouveia, who scored 70 runs for his club BA Blasting against Imperial Lions Cubs last year, walked away with the U/19 Player of the Year accolade, while Albert Mwembe took home the Youth Coach of the Year award.
School coach of the Year went to Gerhard Lotter from Windhoek Gymnasium, who managed to guide both the U/15 and U/19 to triumph in the school leagues. Khomas region took the award for Development Region of the Year, while award for Kwata Administrator of the Year went to Sydney Mutelo.
Narraville Primary School was awarded as the Kwata School of the Year. Yasmeen Khan was awarded best batswoman for 2019/20, while Saima Tuhadeleni received the award for women’s best bowler for 2019/20.
The over 50 award went to Gavin Murgatroyd for top batsman, while Dee Thakur won the top bowler award, and Alexander Volscenk was named the winner for franchise award.
The rest of the winners are as follows
Umpire of the year
Most improved umpire of the year
Service to Cricket Namibia Awards
CN Lifetime Honouree Member Award
Administrator of the Year
National Women’s Player’s Player of the Year Award
Irene van Zyl
Most improved National Women’s Player
Adri van der Merwe
National Women’s Player of the Year Award
Irene van Zyl
Most improved National Men’s Player
National Men’s Player of the Year Award
Spirit of Cricket Award (a team with outstanding performance)
National Men’s Team
Coach of the Year Award
Pierre de Bruyn