Smith, Green Namibia's top cricketers

During a glitzy event held in Windhoek, the association honoured their top players of the past season.

14 July 2019 | Sports

JJ Smith was announced as Namibia’s Player of the Year at Cricket Namibia’s Annual Awards ceremony in the capital on Friday night, while Kayleen Ann Green was announced as Women’s Player of the Year.

Both players along with other top cricketers in many different categories as well as persons in the cricket fraternity, received awards for outstanding performances on and off the field during the course of the last season.

Player of the Year and fast bowler JJ Smith – who bats right and bowls left –recently won a contract to play professional cricket in Canada.

He said that during the course of the year, he hit 199 runs, adding that he didn’t bowl as fast in the past club season given that the pitches were challenging.

“However, I am very proud of what the team and I have achieved. We achieved One Day-status which means a lot for us financially because now we will be able to see tour worldwide the same way that so many other sports codes in the country can do,” he said in an interview with Republikein’s Tielman van Lill shortly after receiving his award.

He added that he is looking forward to playing top notch cricket in Canada for the next two years. “Most importantly though, is that our team is doing well, with 14 who received contracts. Even those who didn’t receive contracts, are passionate about the county and our people.”

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