Duanne Olivier named first Sunfoil Sizzler for 2016/17

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 11: Coach Russell Domingo of South Africa hands over the Sunfoil Sizzler chequer to Duanne Olivier during the Sunfoil Sizzler cheque handover at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on January 11, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 11: Coach Russell Domingo of South Africa hands over the Sunfoil Sizzler chequer to Duanne Olivier during the Sunfoil Sizzler cheque handover at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on January 11, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

DUANNE OLIVIER of the VKB Knights, the latest player to be called up to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad, has bagged the Sunfoil Series Sizzler award for the first five rounds of the Sunfoil Series which has seen a tense battle for supremacy in four-day franchise competition at the halfway stage.

The Multiply Titans, the defending champions, are the current leaders but they have several other franchises in close pursuit.

The Sunfoil Sizzler award is worth R15 000.

The Sunfoil Series Player of the Season will be named at the CSA Awards Ceremony next year.

Olivier has been the leading wicket-taker with 28 dismissals including 3 five-wicket hauls with a strike rate of 40.5 and an average of 21.60. He has also shown improved batting form with a career-best franchise innings of 45.

He is one of several seam bowlers coming to the fore in domestic cricket alongside the likes of Marchant de Lange, Hardus Viljoen, Robbie Frylinck and the two all-rounders, Dwaine Pretorius and Wiaan Mulder. They occupy the top seven rankings at the moment along with spinner Simon Harmer.

“Congratulations to Duanne on his Sunfoil Sizzler award,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) General Manager: Cricket, Corrie van Zyl. “He has been consistently outstanding in the last five matches. He has thoroughly deserved his call-up to the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad and this demonstrates how important the Sunfoil Series is in our development pipeline.

“You can never have enough depth in the fast bowling department as recent events at national level have shown us.”

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 period under review (October and November) were:

SACA Most Valuable Player 2016/17: Sunfoil Series

1. Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights)
2. Robbie Frylinck (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
3. Marchant de Lange (VKB Knights)
4. Hardus Viljoen (bizhub Highveld Lions)
5. Simon Harmer (Warriors)

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.