Amla who’s yet to make his debut for the Cobras had previously won the award in 2010 and joined four other NMCC fellow teammates Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009) and Vernon Philander (2012) who are previous winners of this prestigious award.
It was a special evening for Amla who won four awards in all – the only award for which he was nominated but did not win was the Momentum ODI Player of the Year which went to AB de Villiers. Amla was also named Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year and SA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year by popular vote while his historic treble century in The Oval Test against England won him the KFC ‘So Good’ award.
NMCC and Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn walked away with the KFC T20 International Cricketer of the Year award and all-rounder Jacques Kallis received the RAM SLAM Delivery of the Year award for his delivery that dismissed Ricky Ponting on day 1 of the second Test match against Australia Adelaide.
The two awards of Johan Louw (Sunfoil Series Cricketer of the Season) and Richard Levi (Momentum One-Day Cup Cricketer of the Season) in the domestic category meant that eight out of eighteen 2013 CSA professional players’ awards went to WCC players.
In the youth cricket category, Western Province (WP) Youth players Matthew Christensen (Coca-Cola Schools Twenty 20 Competition Player of the Tournament); Laura Wolfvaardt (Under 19 Girls Player of the Year) and Dayaan Galiem (Under 15 Player of the Year) also won awards in their respective categories.
Western Province Cricket Association President, Beresford Williams congratulated the winners and noted that “In addition to the awards the Western Cape teams have altogether won 18 out of the 40 national competitions in the last three seasons - five to the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras; four to the regional women’s, Cubs and Colts teams; seven to WP teams; and two to Boland teams. That is just under half of everything in the last three seasons. Add eight times runners-up to that total and, I am sure you will agree this is a phenomenal record.”