Harmer scoops South Africa prize

05 April 2018 06:47:31 EST

Essex spinner Simon Harmer has been named as the most valuable player in South Africa's first-class competition.

Harmer, an integral member of the 2017 County Championship-winning team, bagged 47 wickets in eight matches as the Warriors came within a whisker of taking the Sunfoil Series title.

No-one came close to his level of productivity, with his nearest challenger Senuran Muthusamy 14 further back and no bowler to have played eight matches or fewer taking more than 22.

The 29-year-old, who snared 72 Division One victims last summer with his aggressive off-spin, also finished third in the South African Cricketers' Association overall MVP awards for the 2017-18 season.

"It has been another year of exciting franchise cricket with records being broken, matches and competitions going down to the wire and some outstanding performances from established players and from young players," said SACA chief executive Colin Irish.

The overall gong was taken by Harmer's captain at the Warriors and South Africa Twenty20 international, Jon-Jon Smuts.

"The changes in rankings are followed by franchise players after each round of matches and it's a good indicator of form and on-field performance as it takes into account key aspects of a match and all disciplines of the game," said Smuts.

Essex are priced at 8/1 to retain their County Championship Division One title this summer, with Surrey available at 2/5.

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