The Momentum Multiply Titans held their annual Awards function virtually on 23 July, in support of the Sky Blues Trust.
The evening is usually one that gathers the Sky Blues family under one roof, but unfortunately in light of the ongoing global pandemic, we celebrate the season and award winners from the comfort of our homes.
Despite these unprecedented times, there was still much to be encouraged about over the course of the 2019/20 season, as the Titans team regenerated.
“It was a season of changes, on and off the field,” Northerns Cricket Union President Tebogo Siko commented.
“We are proud of the efforts that the Titans put out there, and it is a pity that the Four-day Series was cut short at such a tantalising junction.”
Over the course of the campaign, a new wave of Titans came to the fore, led by new captain Grant Thomson. He led from the front, with important runs, and positive approach on the field.
His fine start to life as a franchise leader saw him recognised as Players’ Player of the Year, as well as the Most Valuable Player in the season.
The Momentum One-Day Cup player of the season award went to Tony de Zorzi, who enjoyed his best season in a Titans shirt. He lived up to his considerable billing, with some stand out knocks in white-ball and red-ball cricket.
Heinrich Klaasen had a strong finish to the season and represented the Sky Blues exceptionally at national level with his performances against England and Australia. He got the most votes on social media and walked away as this years Fans Player of the year.
The big winner on the night, however, was young Dayyaan Galiem. The newcomer, still just 23, took to life at SuperSport Park Centurion like a duck to water.
“He has come in, and shown a wonderful work ethic. He has maturity beyond his years, and there is still so much more to come from him,” Titans coach Mandla Mashimbyi enthused.
Galiem was named as First Class Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year as well as the coveted Titans Player of Year, to cap a remarkable first season.
” I’m very proud to be a Titans player, and I am grateful for the opportunity to play at such a great franchise,” he said.
“I am looking forward to continuing to develop my game, and to hopefully help the Titans to many more trophies in the future,” Galiem added.