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The 2022 Annual Lions Cricket Award winners were announced and congratulated in grand style on Saturday, 28 May 2022 at the SunBet Times Square Arena. Themed #ThePrideOfJoziAwards, the Lions Cricket eco-system gathered in celebration of South Africa and South African’s – and all that we have achieved on field and off, from pipeline to professional teams.
“With an aim of creating an unrivalled passion for cricket, coupled with being the source of pride for the Lion’s cricketing community, the Pride of Jozi team acknowledged all members of the Pride at the red-carpet awards evening inclusive of the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Dr Mpho Phalatse, SASCOC President, Mr Barry Hendricks and Vice President, Lwandile Simelane, Pink Day Fund Chairperson, Connie Fergusson, Miss South Africa Lalela Mswane, various Lions Cricket Ambassadors, Sponsors, Partners, the entire Lions Cricket community as well as fans” commented Wanele Mngomezulu Lions Cricket Head of Marketing, Commercial & Communications.
Lions Cricket CEO Jono Leaf-Wright says that the evening was about the recognition of the Prides achievements, whether on an individual or team level, right across the eco-system of Lions Cricket;
“The night was about recognising hard work, celebrating outstanding achievements and enjoying time together. We raised our glasses to our ‘Lions Way’ and to being the true Pride of Jozi both on and off the field. Congratulations to all for making the Lions Cricket brand a force to be reckoned with and a family to be proud of.”
A few of the winners include:
Imperial Lions (Men) Player of the Season: Malusi Siboto.
Imperial Lions (Men) – Player’s Player of the Season: Sisanda Magala.
Imperial Lions (Men) Fan’s Favourite Player of the Season: Bjorn Fortuin.
Imperial Lions (Men) Newcomer of the Season: Codi Yusuf.
Imperial Lions (Men) Most Improved Player of the Season: Mitchell van Buuren.
Imperial Lions (Women) Player of the Season: Yolani Fourie.
Imperial Lions (Women) Player’s Player of the Season: Jameelah Shaikjee.
Imperial Lions (Women) Fan’s Favourite Player of the Season: Lohlohonolo Sardick.
Imperial Lions (Women) News Comer of the Season: Jenna Evans.
Imperial Lions (Men) Most Improved Player of the Season: Nonkululeko Thabethe.
Lions Blind Cricket Player of the Season: Buhle Bhidla.
Lions Deaf Cricket Player of the Season: Sivesh Poonsamy-Muthoo.
Lions Club of the Season: GM Old Edwardians Cricket Club.
Enza Premier League – Player of the Season: Louren Steenkamp.
Lions Premier League – Player of the Season: Omar Kimmie.
Black Widow T20 League – Player of the Season (men): Ruan Haasbroek.
Black Widow T20 League – Player of the Season (women): Jenna Evans.
Imperial Women’s League – Player of the Season: Jenna Evans.
Fair Play Award: Florida Cricket Club.
Umpire’s Award: Zuber Saleh.
Scorer’s Award: Mary Ramphela.
Beyond the Boundary Award: Puntans Hill Sports Club.
Lions Presidential Award: Asanda Isaac Bidla
Click here https://lionscricket.co.za/digital-magazine/ for the full winners list.
Click here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1lTwK7WcuOEVtb_IyM9RH2NiKZ75nNnqr
for a gallery of event images.
Leaf-Wright continued to say; “It was a special season just gone and a wonderful Awards evening to celebrate all that Lions Cricket is about, stands for and believes in. We are certainly excited for the 2022/2023 season ahead and to Live, Love, Learn and Lead while celebrating the Pride and celebrating who we represent. The Lions Pride will keep roaring louder and prouder as we strive to achieve excellence both on and off the field.”
“Thank you to every single role player who contributed to the success of the 2021/2022 season and our wish as Lions Cricket is that we continue to hold hands, united in a common vision of transforming the game while driving DIVERSITY, INCLUSIVITY AND EQUALITY4ALL” concludes Leaf-Wright.