Top SA cricket stars honoured

2010-10-19 17:38

Johannesburg - Chevrolet Warriors limited overs heroes Davy Jacobs and Rusty Theron were on Tuesday named among the five Mutual & Federal South African Cricket Annual Cricketers of the Year.

Also honoured at the launch of the 2010 edition of the publication were Alviro Petersen and Thami Tsolekile of the bizhub Highveld Lions and Chevrolet Knights all-rounder Ryan McLaren.

Jacobs and Theron were key figures for the Warriors, who won both the MTN40 and Standard Bank Pro20 domestic titles last season.

Petersen made a sensational Test debut when he hit a century against India in Kolkata in his first innings at the highest level. His Test breakthrough followed consistent form for South Africa in one-day internationals and several seasons of heavy scoring at domestic level.

Tsolekile’s move to the Lions sparked a return to the form that won him three Test caps six seasons ago.

He scored heavily in all three domestic competitions, re-established himself as one of South Africa’s top wicketkeepers and took over as captain for the Lions’ successful campaign in which they reached the final of the Standard Bank Pro20.

Tsolekile then captained the South Africa A team on tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, scoring centuries in both the four-day matches against Bangladesh A.

McLaren made his international debut for the Proteas at the start of the 2009/10 season after completing a Kolpak stint with English county Kent.

He was a steady performer for the national side, especially as a “death” bowler in limited overs games, and had a spectacular success when he took five for 19 in a Twenty20 match against the West Indies in Antigua, the best figures by a South African and the second-best by any bowler in the shortest form of the game.

As usual the Annual contains several special feature articles.

Shaun Pollock pays tribute to the international career of his fast bowling partner, Makhaya Ntini; there is also a tribute to recently retired Rudi Koertzen, one of the most capped international umpires of all time; and a feature on the spate of high scoring last season during which Stephen Cook of the bizhub Highveld Lions made the record score of 390.

“Once again Editor Colin Bryden has produced an outstanding publication to record another very busy year in the history of Cricket South Africa,” commented CSA CEO Gerald Majola. “This includes all aspects of professional and amateur cricket right down from the Proteas to our junior cricket weeks.

“The Mutual & Federal annual remains one of the outstanding publications of its type to be found anywhere in the world and we are proud to have such a record of the achievements in our young history.

We look forward to working with Colin in the future to make the Annual even bigger and better.

“I would also like to express CSA’s appreciation to Mutual & Federal for their sponsorship over a 14-year period,” Majola concluded.

“It has been an honour for Mutual & Federal to put our name to the Cricket Annual for the past 14 years and to leave a legacy to cricket in South Africa.” Keith Kennedy, Managing Director, Mutual & Federal, stated. “This would not have been possible without the superb editorship of Colin Bryden and the ongoing support and assistance of Cricket SA.”