The first round of Sunfoil Series matches today signals the start of the 2017/18 first-class cricket season, and the race to top the SACA MVP overall rankings with Colin Ackermann looking to defend last season’s title as the Most Valuable Player in franchise cricket.

The SACA MVP domestic rankings lists the top performing franchise players competing in CSA’s domestic competitions across all formats.  Players earn points, based on an internationally recognised formula used by several players associations around the world, for batting, bowling, fielding and for contribution to matches won by their team.  Points are weighted across the different formats to ensure that critical performances in each match earn the player an appropriate number of points.

The overall SACA MVP rankings combine a player’s performance in all three domestic competitions and are an indicator of consistency of performance through the season.  Performances in a particular competition are also recognised in the SACA MVP rankings relating to each of the Sunfoil Series (4 days), Momentum One-Day Cup (50 overs) and CSA T20 Challenge (20 overs) competitions.

“The SACA MVP is something all of us franchise cricketers strive to win because it measures many aspects of the game across all three domestic competitions.  It is recognised by players as a measure of consistency throughout the season” said Colin Ackermann.

The SACA MVP rankings also focus on performances in each particular competition. VKB Knights opening bowler Duanne Olivier clinched the top spot in the four day Sunfoil Series rankings last season, and will be looking to get off to a similarly good start in the new campaign. Aiden Markram and Jon-Jon Smuts topped the Momentum-One Day Cup and the CSA T20 Challenge rankings respectively.

“The SACA MVP is a useful and easy tool for anyone who wants to follow the players who are actually performing day in and day out in our professional domestic cricket” said SACA chief executive, Tony Irish.  “It goes to a level of detail beyond simply the runs scored and the wickets taken by a player.  We look forward to a season of strong following by players, coaches, selectors, fans and the media.”

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