Andrew Birch named Sunfoil Sizzler for first half of season

Andrew Birch of the Chevrolet Warriors has bagged the Sunfoil Series Sizzler award, worth R15,000 for the first half of this season’s Sunfoil Series competition.

Birch has been instrumental in the turnaround of his franchise’s fortunes in the four-day competition. After being well beaten in their first two matches they drew the next and then achieved back-to-back victories to put themselves back into contention for honours. They are now third on the log and less than two points behind the second-placed The Unlimited Titans.

Other players who came strongly into contention for award were the Titans duo of Roelof van der Merwe and Farhaan Behardien and the Knights duo of Rudi Second and Quinton Friend.

“Congratulations to Andrew on his Sunfoil sizzler award,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl. “He produced probably the all-round performance of the season in the most recent round when the Warriors pulled off a thrilling win against the defending champions, the Nashua Cape Cobras.

“He has taken 11 wickets in the last two rounds and is joint leading wicket-taker in the competition overall with 21 dismissals. In addition, he has become an invaluable batsman in the lower order.”

The South African Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player index (SACA MVP) is used as the measuring tool in determining the Sunfoil Sizzler of the Month.

The top 5 performers in the Sunfoil Series during the first half of the season were:

Rank

Player

Team

Matches

Wins

Total

1

Andrew Birch

Warriors

5

3

214.007

2

Roelof van der Merwe

Titans

5

3

160.337

3

Farhaan Behardien

Titans

4

3

153.398

4

Rudi Second

Knights

4

4

150.929

5

Quinton Friend

Knights

5

3

142.634

The SACA MVP is calculated using an internationally recognised formula which takes into account every discipline in the game of cricket. Batting, bowling, fielding, captaining and winning are all factored in within the context of each individual match. Individual player performances in pressure situations, for example, carry more weight; thus players who deliver when their team needs them most, earn more points.

The SACA MVP latest ranking standings are updated weekly on the SACA website (www.saca.org.za), and may be viewed ‘per competition’ or by having a look at the ‘overall’ standings.

James Buttler

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