A superb club cricket structure that is religiously supported by a passionate community, excellent progress by the decorated Siya Sibiya, splendid performances by the University of Cape Town club and a tsunami of runs by Pieter Malan were some of the standout-features of Western Province club cricket in 2016/2017, said Clinton du Preez, the WPCA Amateur Cricket Manager.

Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) celebrated the most outstanding club and individual performances at the annual awards evening on Saturday 20th May.

Du Preez applauded club cricket, saying it was a huge success. The fact that 67 clubs plied their trades, is a testimony to the passion and love for the game which receives remarkable community support. “There is a good culture of community involvement in the game.

“Last season Western Province won the club cricket award on the CSA Incentive Scorecard and the only reason we dropped to number three is that we did not have a black African club in the Premier division.

“Because of geo-political changes, we will have a black African club in the Premier division and one in the first division next season,” he added.

“Siya served as hub coach at Primrose, then rose to the position as assistant coach at the Western Province academy and after Salieg Nackerdien took over at Western Province, he was the interim-head coach of the Academy.

“Western Province won the category two CSA award on the incentive scorecard and Siya must be congratulated for the enormous role he played.

“He also sometimes assisted at the Cape Cobras and was instrumental in assisting Thando Ntini to get into the South African U19 team,” said Du Preez.

“We must also take notice of the dwindling numbers in our club structures and the water restrictions around some of the facilities, which are sources of concern,” said Du Preez.

“Generally though, we possess healthy club structures, and we can only admire the work done by administrators on a voluntary base at clubs to retain its cutting-edge qualities. Without club cricket, which is the heartbeat of cricket in every province, we would be infinitely poorer,” Du Preez said.

He congratulated the University of Cape Town, the club of the year.

XstraSpace Bellville Cricket Club won the Premier League in the 2016/2017-season.

Milnerton was the last man standing in the first division A league and Strandfontein was the winner in first division B league.

Malan, who only turned out for the Durbanville club occasionally, slammed 1069 runs for the Western Province semi-professional team and was awarded with a professional contract for the 2017/2018 season.

In the Grand Challenge One-Day Cup, Rondebosch won the spoils, while Durbanville lifted the silverware in the AMA20/20 Premier League.

Malan was the first-class player of the year and Andrie Steyn the women’s player of the year.

Strandfontein received the elite award as the most sporting team of the year.

UWC and Bellville shared the trophy in the women’s league of 2016/2017.

Jesse Christensen was the U19-youth player of the year and Nadia Mbokotwana was his women counterpart as U19 youth player of the year.

Neo Mlumbi won the Academy Player of the Season Award.

Full list of Award winners

Premier League XstraSpace Bellville CC
First Division A League Milnerton CC
First Division B League Strandfontein CC
First Division C League Bonteheuwel CC
First Division D League Kensington CC
Second Division League Belhar CC
Reserve A League UWC CC
Reserve B League Avendale CC
Reserve C League Claremont CC
Reserve D League Somerset West  CC
Reserve E League Bishop Lavis CC
Reserve F League UCT CC
Reserve G League Milnerton CC
AMA 20/20 (2016/17 season)
Premier League Durbanville CC
First Division A Montrose CC
First Division B Helderberg CC
First Division C Glamorgan CC
First Division D Wynberg CC
Reserve A (New) Durbanville CC
Reserve B (New) Tygerberg CC
One Day Competition (2016/17 season)
Grand Challenge OD Cup Rondebosch CC
Final Challenge OD Cup Northerns Goodwood CC
Final First Division OD Cup Kensington CC
Certificates 1 Day Competition (2016/17 season)
Reserve A UWC CC
Reserve B Avendale CC
Individual Awards (2016/17 season)
Most Sporting Team Strandfontein CC
Fielding Team Milnerton CC
Umpire of the Year Shamiel Isaacs
Scorer of the Year Khanyisa Zonke
Deaf Player of the Year Shamiel Howley
Blind Player of the Year Sergil January
Academy Player of the Year (New) Neo Mlumbi
Coach of the Year Siya Sibiya
Women’s Player of the Year Andrie Steyn
First Class Player of the Year Pieter Malan
Mini Cricket Coordinator of the Year Shirley Davids
Club of the Year  UCT
Third Division League 
3A Western Province CC
3B St Augustine CC
3C Sir Lowry’s Pass CC
3D Fortinet Pinelands CC
3E Mamre Hawk’s CC
Women’s League 2016/17
Women’s Premier UWC/ Bellville CC
Women’s Premier AMA 20 Old Mutual CC
Women’s Promotioal League (NEW) Atlantis CC
Youth Winners (2016/17 Season)
U13 Youth Cricketer of the Year Michael Levitt
U15 Youth Cricketer of the Year Jonathan Bird
U17 Youth Cricketer of the Year Justin Broad
U19 Youth Cricketer of the Year Jesse Christensen
U19 Girls Youth Cricket of the Year Nadia Mbokotwana