Keshav Maharaj of the Dolphins has bagged the Sunfoil Series Sizzler award for the month of March which brought the domestic first class competition to a conclusion with the Highveld Lions being confirmed as champions. The Sizzler award is worth R15 000. Maharaj finished the season as far away the leading wicket-taker among spin bowlers with 36 dismissals which also placed him joint fifth on the overall list.
His stand-out performance was his 10 wickets in the match against the defending champions, the Nashua Cape Cobras, which was instrumental in enabling the Dolphins to make a late run for the trophy. Other players who came strongly into contention for the award were his Dolphins team mates, Morne Van Wyk and Matthew Pillans, as well as Chris Morris of the Lions and Dane Paterson of the Cobras. Interestingly, there were three fast bowlers in the top five with Paterson making the top five for the second month in a row.
Cricket South Africa General Manager:Cricket Corrie Van Zyl says: ‘Congratulations to Keshav on his Sunfoil Sizzler award. His performance in taking six wickets on the opening day of a first-class match at Newlands is something that is almost unheard of in the history of this famous ground where spinners normally only come into the game in the second half of the match. The results over the past month have also shown that the depth in our fast bowling resources is very strong and this is very encouraging in what is a key area of international cricket.’ The South African Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player index (SACA MVP) is used as the measuring tool in determining the Sizzler of the Month.
Photo: Keshav Maharaj celebrates his Sunfoil Sizzler award with CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat (left) and Sunfoil representative, Abdool Kader Vania (right)
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