Irene van Zyl, Adri van der Merwe hog limelight at Cricket Namibia Awards
Irene van Zyl bagged big at the Namibia National Cricket Awards winning the Player of the Year as well as the Players’ Player of the Year awards on Friday (November 27). Adri van der Merwe was chosen best in the Most Improved Player category.
Van Zyl was awarded for her performances with the ball in the T2I0s taking 12 wickets in 14 matches after making her international debut only last year. The 36-year-old’s best figures came in last year against Uganda in the T20 World Cup Africa Region Qualifier when she took an outstanding 4/7.
She had also taken a 3/9 in the previous match against Kenya in the same tournament. On the other hand, Van der Merwe was chosen owing to her performances with the bat scoring more than 300 runs in 19 odd matches including a half-century. The 18-year-old’s 53 not out came last year against Botswana.
Meanwhile, former Cricket Namibia president, Francois Erasmus, was conferred with the Lifetime Honoree Member award after a 45-year career as a player and administrator. He was president of Cricket Namibia for 10 years, was a member of the ICC’s executive committee for six years, and the ICC’s executive board for five years. Women’s cricket administrator Hester Khan won a Service to Cricket Namibia award.