All-rounder Robbie Frylinck was named Player of the Year at the Dolphins’ annual awards on Wednesday.
Frylinck also won the One-Day Cup Player of the Year award. The seamer claimed six wickets in four innings at an average of 18.83 and economy rate of 3.29 in the 2020-21 tournament. The hard-hitting right-hander also struck 129 runs in three innings at an average of 43.00 and strike rate of 113.15.
Frylinck was named T20 Challenge Player of the Year, too. He took nine wickets in six innings at an average of 16.00 and economy rate of 6.26. He also hit 84 runs in four innings at an average of 28.00 and strike rate of 131.25.
Spinner Keshav Maharaj was given the 4-Day Series Player of the Year award. Maharaj was the leading wicket-taker in the 2020-21 tournament, with 34 in nine innings at an average of 2.47 – and match best of 13 for 147 against the Lions at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. The burgeoning all-rounder also collected two half-centuries.
Maharaj was also named Players’ Player of the Year. All-rounder Ruan de Swardt claimed the Fielder of the Year and Newcomer of the Year trophies. Seamer Ottneil Baartman clinched the Most Improved Player of the Year prize.
The Dolphins won the 2020-21 4-Day Domestic Series, shared the One-Day Cup title with the Lions and lost the T20 Challenge final to the same team.
2020-21 Dolphins awards
- Player of the Year: Robbie Frylinck
- Players’ Player of the Year: Keshav Maharaj
- 4-Day Series Player of the Year: Keshav Maharaj
- One-Day Cup Player of the Year: Robbie Frylinck
- T20 Challenge Player of the Year: Robbie Frylinck
- Most Improved Player of the Year: Ottneil Baartman
- Newcomer of the Year: Ruan de Swardt
- Fielder of the Year: Ruan de Swardt
Earlier this week, Frylinck retired from professional cricket.
Frylinck’s career spanned almost two decades – and featured stints with the Proteas in T20I cricket, Delhi in the Indian Premier League, Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League and Khulna Tigers in the Bangladesh Premier League.
“I am officially retiring from a game that has given me 17 years as a professional, as well as a lifetime of memories and experiences,” said Frylinck.
“I have been fortunate enough to play around the world in various amazing teams. It has been an honour and a privilege to represent these teams over the years.
“To my team-mates at the Dolphins, I have had the pleasure of playing with some of you for a very long time as well as watch some of the younger guys grow into fine cricketers.
“We have become a family and you guys hold a special place in my heart. It is a game that has given me so much over time and if I can return the favour and pass on what I have learnt then that is what I plan on doing.
“I’m going to miss everything about this wonderful game.”