Hendricks pair and van der Dussen honoured at end of season celebration
Reeza Hendricks’s stellar season saw him earn the sought after Player of the Year Award at the bizhub Highveld Lions Gala Dinner, hosted at Sun City.
The award for Bowler of the Year went to Beuran Hendricks who had been of superb value to his team in all formats, whilst Rassie van der Dussen’s consistent contribution with the bat earned him the silverware for Batsman of the Year. Van der Dussen was also voted by his fellow team members as Players’ Player of the Year. Players who were included in national teams were also honoured.
The event, which earlier in the day saw cricket players, partners and sponsors applying their golfing skills at the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, continued as an elegant affair against the backdrop of the 9th hole of the Gary Player Golf Couse. Hosting sponsors, partners and players of Gauteng Cricket Board, North West Cricket and bizhub Highveld Lions, this was a fitting way to end the season with sights set firmly on the future and potential of the franchise.
“We are incredibly proud of the notable performances of players at all levels of the pipeline and by hosting and honouring them on this day, we hope to further encourage those that are on the verge of breaking into the playing XI,” commented Chief Executive Officer, Greg Fredericks.
“Every team goes through seasons that highlight areas that growth is still required and we are opting to take this learning curve as an opportunity to focus on plans that will enable us to achieve the potential that we know lies within the Lions and its shareholders.”
Notably, all major partners of the team and its home grounds were present at the event and joined the franchise in the celebratory activities.
Alten Hulme, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of Konica Minolta South Africa, said: "Konica Minolta is the longest standing partner of any domestic team in South Africa and after 14 years, we have firmly established ourselves as a partner rather than just a sponsor of a team. We are honoured to be sharing in this event and celebrating those that have excelled."
Hosts to the event, Sun International, have found great value in the partnership with the bizhub Highveld Lions and Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. “"As a company, Sun International is proud to be associated as lifestyle partner of the bizhub Highveld Lions and the home of South African cricket, Bidvest Wanderers Stadium. Hosting this event is our commitment to supporting this team to reach its full potential,” said Dan Sevel, Marketing Manager: Sport.