Prolific Amla sweeps SA cricket awards

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Hashim Amla became the third Protea to be named South Africa's Cricketer of the Year on two occasions when he received the award for 2013 at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Sandton on Monday night.

Hashim Amla became the third Protea to be named South Africa's Cricketer of the Year on two occasions when he received the award for 2013 at a gala Cricket South Africa (CSA) banquet in Sandton on Monday night.

Amla had previously won the award in 2010 and joined two other dual winners in Makhaya Ntini (2005 and 2006) and Jacques Kallis (2004 and 2011). The other previous winners of the award are Shaun Pollock (2007), Dale Steyn (2008), Graeme Smith (2009) and Vernon Philander (2012).

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.

De Villiers picked up a second award as the SA Players' Player of the Year while Dale Steyn was named KFC T20 International Player of the Year and Kallis won the RAM SLAM delivery of the year award by dismissing his old rival, Ricky Ponting of Australia, on day one of the second Test match at the Adelaide Oval.

Marizanne Kapp was named South African Women's Cricketer of the Year while Kyle Abbott rounded out the international awards by being named SA Newcomer of the Year.

"This has been another amazing year for our top players," commented CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat. "It is not easy to keep finding special words to speak about Hashim. He has set SA record Test scores since unity against both England and Australia and he is the first player to score a Test treble century for our country. As if that is not remarkable enough he is also the No. 1 rated player on the ICC rankings for Test and ODI players.

"The greatest quality he brings to the game is his attitude and humility, which aptly displays the true spirit of cricket. This transcends all his international statistics and we are indeed very lucky to have such a wonderful role model for our children to emulate.

"Our Proteas have displayed true world-class performances in the past year and I salute not only the Award winners but all of them for a year of great performances especially at Test level. I certainly did not envy the job of our distinguished panel of judges!

"I warmly congratulate all our winners including those without whose contribution the game cannot be played, such as our umpires, grounds staff and scorers."

AWARD WINNERS

SA Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla<br>Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla<br>Momentum ODI Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers<br>KFC: T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Dale Steyn<br>SA Players' Player of the Year: AB de Villiers<br>SA Fans' Player of the Year: Hashim Amla<br>KFC 'So Good' Award: Hashim Amla (treble Test century)<br>RAM SLAM Delivery of the Year: Jacques Kallis (dismissed Ricky Ponting on day 1 of second Test match against Australia at Adelaide)<br>SA Newcomer of the Year: Kyle Abbott<br>Momentum women's Cricketer of the Year: Marizanne Kapp

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