Highveld Lions all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has been recognised as the most valuable player of the domestic season.
He was the overall winner of an SA Cricketers’ Association competition which evaluates performances across all formats.
Points are awarded for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held, also taking into account the context of the match and in which the performances are achieved. Each of the CSA domestic competitions has a unique weighting for each discipline, dependent on what is considered more important in that format (for example strike rate and economy rate in the T20 format). Pretorius ended with 468.282 points.
The Lions’ all-rounder scored a total of 641 runs and picked up 60 wickets in all competitions and despite picking up an injury halfway through the season, still managed to take the overall MVP title, 31.929 points ahead of Sunfoil Dolphins left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
‘I’m proud to have won this because it is recognised by players as a measure of consistency throughout the season. But I must also give some credit to my Lions teammates in helping me to do it,’ said Pretorius.
Highveld Lions paceman Hardus Viljoen clinched the top spot in the four-day Sunfoil Series MVP rankings, thanks to his performance in the final match of the season, against the Warriors, in which he took 5-139, enough to pip Pretorius. He was the leading Sunfoil striker, taking 47 wickets.
Alviro Petersen was a runaway winner of the Momentum One-Day Cup MVP award after a record-breaking season in which he scored 726 runs for the Highveld Lions, including five centuries at a strike rate of 100.13.
The Titans T20 captain Albie Morkel took the Ram Slam T20 award, edging out the Knights’ West Indian international star, Andre Russell, by just 0.92 points.
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