Olivier and Kruger win at CSA Awards

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The 22-year-old VKB Knights all-rounder, Patrick Kruger, won the 2017 CSA T20 Africa Cup Rising Star award at the annual Cricket South African Awards on Saturday in Johannesburg. The former Northern Cape High School prop had a stellar season with both the bat and ball and will be an important player next season for the Knights after signing a full contract with the franchise. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The Proteas wicketkeeper, Quinton de Kock, was the big winner in Johannesburg on Saturday as he dominated the annual Cricket South Africa Awards pretty much in the same way he had been dominating bowlers over the past season.

De Kock scooped no less than five awards at the glitz function at the Theatre on the Track in Kyalami.

The destructive batsman won the South African Cricketer of the Year, the Test Cricketer of the Year and the ODI Cricketer of the Year awards.

Furthermore he was named as the Players’ Player of the Year and the South African Fans’ Player of the Year.

The spin bowler, Imran Tahir, who is the leading limited overs bowler in the world, clinched the T20 Cricketer of the Year Award.

The VKB Knights were also in on the action with the all-rounder, Patrick Kruger, and seamer, Duanne Olivier, also being named as winners.

Kruger won the Africa T20 Cup Rising Star awards, while Olivier was named as the Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the season.

Kruger told Voice that he is delighted with his award and has now also signed a contract with the Knights.

“I felt really good. There was a lot of nerves competing with another really good player for this award but I’m really happy to have pulled it through to win the award. I’ve signed with the Knights now, so I’ll be playing my cricket in Bloemfontein, hopefully in all the formats, and do well next season. That’s pretty much my goal at the moment.”

Olivier told Voice that he is just happy that he could have contributed towards the team.

“I’ve been very honoured to be at the Cricket South Africa Awards and I’m very happy at the moment. This is due to my team mates and the franchise working hard the whole season to bring back a trophy. If I could have contributed towards the team’s success, then I’ve done my job. This is also for my fiancée. If it wasn’t for her, then I wouldn’t be here. She was definitely my inspiration and my motivation.”

The Knights captain, Theunis de Bruyn, was also nominated for the Sunfoil Series Player of the Season, while the coach, Nicky Bojé, was nominated for the Coach of the Season award. – MORGAN PIEK