2019 Central Gauteng Lions Awards Ceremony
The 2018/19 cricket season was earmarked to change the fortunes of the Union. A turnaround strategy for the Central Gauteng Lions has yielded benefits both on and off the field.
Strategic objectives were aligned with the strategic mission to advance and transform Central Gauteng by ensuring club and school cricket thrive with the creation of quality winning teams.
The season under review started with the Gauteng winning the Africa T20 Cup in September 2018. While significant investment and efforts continued on building the central Gauteng cricket pipeline, the central Gauteng team made history by becoming the very first province to defended the U/19 Coca Cola Khaya Majola week with Cameroon Shekleton, Kgaudise Molefe, Bryce Parsons and Tumelo Yeki leading the pack under the guidance of the newly appointed U/19 cricket Coach Siya Sibiya.
The following players were selected to the national teams at the conclusion of the Coca Cola Khaya Majola Cricket Week. The squads for the SA Schools and SA Colts cricket week included our players, namely Cameron Shekleton, Bryce Parsons, Kgaudise Molefe (all SA Schools), Tumelo Yeki and Emmanuel Motswiri (all SA Colts). Congratulations also go to Bryce Parsons for being selected as the Coca-Cola SA U/19 Captain for the upcoming inbound Pakistan Youth ODI tour that forms part of the South African squad’s preparations for the 2020 ICC U/19 World Cup.
Lions Franchise participated in the Cubs week in Stellenbosch from the 3rd to the 7th of January 2019. Kgaudise Molefe and Bryce Parsons were selected to represent SA U/19 squad that went on tour to India.
The Central Gauteng Lions continued to foster its relationship with Witwatersrand University (Wits) and University of Johannesburg (UJ). The partnership included bursaries, sponsorship, mentorship and high quality cricket coaching with the focus on enhancing both academic and on-field performance. Young players like Tumelo Tlhokwe and Joshua Richards were among the few selected to be part of this programme.
Women’s cricket continued to grow in leaps and bounds at junior and senior level. Young talented girls took part in various cricket festivals across the country with good results achieved all around. A number of players were invited to attend the Women’s National Camp from the 6th to the 11th of January 2019 namely Nonkululeko Thabethe, Robyn Searle, Trisha Chetty, Yolani Fourie, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Ayabonga Khaka and Shabnim Ismail. Two players (Nonkululeko Thabethe and Robyn Searle) were invited to attend the National Academy scheduled to take place from the 2nd June 2019 to the 2nd of August 2019.
In October/November 2018, 4-provincial teams were selected after closely contested trials to represent CGL at various Momentum Cricket Weeks held in various parts of the country. The U/13A – hosted in Benoni - saw mixed performances from the team with few victories. U/15A were hosted in Stellenbosch and played very good cricket with the team losing 1 match out of the 6 and 1 match rained out. U/17A – put on some brave performances in Durban with the team losing 2 closely contested matches out of the 6 matches.
The appointment of Reuben Mandlazi as the new Central Gauteng Lions Cricket Services Manager (CSM) was aligned to the efforts of strengthening the cricket pipeline and the development programme. Reuben joins the Central Gauteng Lions with an extensive coaching background; Gauteng Girls Coach (2006-2008), Gauteng Women’s Coach (2006-2008), Johannesburg Cubs Head Coach (2007-2008), Gauteng U/17 Head Coach (2013) and Gauteng U/13 Head Coach (2016 – current). Reuben was also the team manager for the Gauteng U/15’s (2009, 2010 and 2014).
The following categories will be awarded at the 2018/19 CGL Awards Ceremony Dinner to be held at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Friday, 3 May 2019:
Batsman of the Year - A section
Batsman of the Year - B Section
Bowler of the Year - A Section
Bowler of the Year - B Section
Club Cricketer of the Year - A section
Club Cricketer of the Year - B Section
Club of the Year
CGL Umpire's Awards
CGL Scorer's Awards (League)
Lovey de Klerk Award
Sue Abbott Trophy
Barbi Willis Trophy
Professional Recruit of the Year
Premier League (Limited Overs) - A Section
Premier League (Limited Overs) - B Section
CGL Black Widow T20 League
Presidents League (Limited Overs) - A Section
Presidents League (Limited Overs) - B Section
Sunday One (Limited Overs)
Sunday Two (Limited Overs)
Sunday Three (Limited Overs)
Sunday Four (Limited Overs)
Sunday Five (Limited Overs)
Sunday Six (35 Overs)
Sunday Seven (35 Overs)
Women's Club Player of the Year
Women's Batter of the Year
Women's Bowler of the Year
Women's Club of the Year
u/13 Boys Player of the Year
u/13 Girls Player of the Year
u/15 Boys Player of the Year
u/16 Girls Player of the Year
u/17 Boys Player of the Year
u/19 Boys Player of the Year
u/19 Girls Player of the Year
KFC Mini Cricket Co-ordinator of the Year
Coach of the Year
Gauteng Women's Player of the Year
Gauteng Women's Batter of the Year
Gauteng Women's Bowler of the Year
Central Gauteng Lions Senior Provincial Player of the Year
Central Gauteng Lions Senior Provincial Bowler of the Year
Central Gauteng Lions Senior Provincial Batsman of the Year
Central Gauteng Lions Senior Provincial Player's Player of the Year
Staff Long-Service Awards
Long Service Awards