George Worker was in scintillating form throughout the Ford Trophy and ended the competition as the leading run scorer (538 at 48.91) and deserved winner of the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP title with 154.44 points.
Worker completed three dominant centuries, including a personal best 194, and was one of the pivotal figures in Central Stags’ successful one day campaign.
Analysis of the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP table shows that Worker was not the lone act for the Stags with a number of players featuring atop of the Fujtisu Heat Pumps MVP table - a trend consistent with all teams in contention of domestic titles. Andrew Mathieson was 2nd on the MVP table - with a record 31 wickets – joined by Stags teammates Kruger van Wyk (5th), Bevan Small (7th), Will Young (9th) and Doug Bracewell (11th).
In contrast, losing finalist Auckland only possessed one player inside the MVP’s top 10 with Michael Bates in 3rd spot. So while the Stags were considered a long shot to feature at the pointy end of the Ford Trophy after their Twenty20 campaign, the MVP performances by a number of players throughout the competition proved to be sufficient for the team to get on a winning run that culminated in lifting the trophy.
Worker was reflective of others by observing “every player contributed at some point in the competition, including a great mix of bowlers and batsman when we needed them.
“I am stoked that my performances proved the catalyst to the team winning matches, and although I’ll certainly cherish this Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP award it is something that the whole team should be proud of.
Worker has chosen The Cricketers Hardship Trust as the charity to receive the $100 donation for winning this MVP title.
Michael Somerville, Fujitsu Heat Pumps Managing Director was delighted by the performances of all players and acknowledged Worker’s performances in saying;
"The Fujitsu Heat Pumps team would like to congratulate George on his three centuries and that remarkable score of 194 against Canterbury.
“There was a time when that was a good team score and it’s certainly amazing to see the number of scintillating performances occurring on the field in the 50 over game. Congratulations George!"
With the Stags players’ populating the top of the MVP table there is not much room for others, however there have been many players who have been the most valuable within in their team.
The Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP standings in the Ford Trophy are
1. George Worker - Stags
Total MVP Points = 154.44; Batting 105.76 (1st), Bowling 30.68 (23rd)
2. Andrew Mathieson - Stags
Total MVP Points = 134.11; Bowling 117.34 (1st)
3. Michael Bates - Aces
Total MVP Points = 118.81; Bowling 86.88 (2nd)
4. Mitchel Santner - Knights
Total MVP Points = 105.90; Batting 60.93 (10th), Bowling 36.97 (17th)
5. Kruger van Wyk - Stags
Total MVP Points = 104.91 Batting 70.91 (6th)
Ranking place shown in brackets
View the Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP table.
*The Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP winners are able to nominate a Charity where a donation is made on their behalf.