David Masterson is seeking further improvement to his game even after being named the cricketer of the year at the Madibaz Cricket Club annual awards function in Port Elizabeth last week.
The Nelson Mandela University batsman was the leading run-scorer for the team, making 547 runs at an average of 68.37. It culminated in him being chosen for the Warriors Academy team.
Despite his success, Masterson said there was still room for improvement.
“I feel that I did not have a good Varsity Cricket week, although I think I did receive some good balls and was unlucky at times,” he said.
“However, I need to work on the short ball when facing quicker bowling.
“I have already changed something from then to now, which feels as if it is helping me a lot.”
Mieke de Ridder was named the women’s player of the season after being the leading run-scorer for the team.
Fast bowler Solomzi Nqweni received the prestigious chairman’s award.
“He has always conducted himself in a professional and exemplary manner,” said Madibaz Sport Cricket manager Sipho Sibande.
“His man-of-the-match performances at the USSA tournament and Varsity Cricket week are an indication of his dedication and commitment to the club.”
Sibande said Nqweni qualified as a Legend of the Club.
To achieve this, a player must excel in both academics and sport, must have represented EP, must have played at all national tournaments (Varsity Sport, USSA, CSA Club Champs) and must have produced match-winning performances for the team.
Madibaz captain Lloyd Brown was recognised for his commitment to the cricket club by receiving the courage and determination award.
The award winners were:
Cricketer of the year: David Masterson
Most promising player: Joshua van Heerden
Most improved player: Kyle Jacobs
Clubmanship: Sandiso Nogemane
Chairman’s award: Solomzi Nqweni
Courage and determination award: Lloyd Brown
Conscientiousness: Morne Venter
Ladies’ player of the season: Mieke de Ridder