Captain's MVP race tight at Christmas

Pez Web

There are two new leaders of the WNCL Captain's MVP award, after the second round of matches concluded last weekend.

Victorian Sophie Molineux and New South Wales (and Australian) all-rounder Ellyse Perry have jumped into the lead of the WNCL Captains MVP, with just two matches remaining after Christmas.

WNCL MVP Leaderboard Round 4 Web (1)

Molineux has been the most consistent performer of this year's competition, receiving votes in every match from every Captain so far for Victoria, despite the Spirit only registering the one win so far.

Molineux was the destroyer with the ball in Victoria's win over Tasmania (4-27) and in their narrow loss to South Australia (2-18), as well as contributing quick runs at the top of the order.

Perry, who has been in irresistible for Australia, kept it going in New South Wales Breakers trip to Perth, where she registered 45no and 127no in the Breakers' two victories.

The pair have jumped ahead of Rachel Haynes, who didn't bat against Western Australia, and missed out against the ACT.

Breakers wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy was the other big improver, joining ACT's Dane Van Niekerk and Western Australia's Nicole Bolton on 18 votes to sit in equal fourth.

While in the Sheffield Shield, Australian and Tasmanian quick Jackson Bird has taken the lead, after a 'perfect' ten-point game against South Australia last week.

Round 4 MVP Leaderboard Web (1)

Bird was dominant for Tasmania, making 26 at number eleven before then taking 5-30 to rout South Australia for just 141.

Victorian Glenn Maxwell unsurprisingly also took ten votes from their drawn game against New South Wales, after an astounding 278 in the opening innings. Teammate Chris Tremain continued his consistent start to the Shield season, collecting seven votes on his way to 15 for the season.

Test incumbents Mitchell Starc and Cameron Bancroft held the positions in the top five, remaining on 19 and 16 votes respectively; while Callum Ferguson was again among the votes, lifting his season total to 18.

The Sheffield Shield and WNCL Captain's MVP award recognises who the Captains deemed the most valuable for each game over the course of the Sheffield Shield season.

Captains vote 5,4,3,2,1 at the end of each match on all players in the game, other than the Captains themselves, who are ineligible to receive votes in each round.

Sheffield Shield fifth round concluded yesterday, before returning in February after the BBL concludes.