Smith claims top honour

Proteas skipper Graeme Smith was named SA Cricketer of the Year on Tuesday night.

Smith rounded off a wonderful season, both personally and as part of a successful Proteas side with the highest individual honour in South African cricket – the award for SA Test Cricketer of the Year.

With the bat Smith was the leading run-scorer in Test cricket in the calendar year of 2008 and in doing so became the first South African to score more than 1 600 runs in a 12-month period.

His unbeaten 154 at Edgbaston in the fourth innings helped seal the series against England, while his century in Perth against Australia laid the foundation for the Proteas’ highest ever successful run chase and helped set up South Africa’s first ever Test series win on Australian soil.

The other major winners were AB de Villiers (ODI Cricketer of the Year and Fans’ Cricketer of the Year) and JP Duminy (International T20 Cricketer of the Year and SA Players’ Player of the Year).

The category of SA Newcomer of the Year was a hotly contested one which ultimately saw Roelof van der Merwe fend off the challenges of Wayne Parnell and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

The awards cover the period from the start of the Proteas’ tour of England last year up to the end of the home series against Australia and thus does not include the recent ICC World T20.

National team awards

SA Cricketer of the Year: Graeme Smith
SA Newcomer of the Year: Roelof van der Merwe
Standard Bank One-Day International Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers
Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: JP Duminy
Castle Test Cricketer of the Year: Graeme Smith
KFC Taste the Action Performance: JP Duminy
SA Players’ Player of the Year: JP Duminy
SuperSport Fans’ Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers

Domestic awards:

MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year: Roelof van der Merwe
Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Charl Langeveldt
SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Imraan Khan
Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Dane Vilas
SACA Most Valuable Player: Claude Henderson
Domestic Players’ Player of the Year: Claude Henderson