Gareth Hopkins has been named as the Most Valuable Player in domestic cricket for 2011/12.
The Auckland Aces have been consistent across all competitions this summer and they can thank the MVP performance and determination of their captain, Gareth Hopkins as a key driver in their success. Hopkins was the model of consistency this summer and typical of many wicket keeper batmen, managed to play a key role in all formats without necessarily occupying the headlines.
Hopkins is the first wicket keeper batsman to win the overall MVP award since its introduction four seasons ago. Modern cricketers are increasingly required to perform multiple roles and it is testament to Hopkins' skill as a batsman, wicket keeper and captain that enabled him to head all other contenders in the MVP rankings. Hopkins win reinforces the strength of the MVP formula in measuring the total contribution a player makes to their team, whether it be batting, bowling, fielding or as captain and importantly includes winning as an important measure of performance.
“It is a great honour to be recognised as the overall Fujitsu Heat Pumps MVP this season. The best thing is to know that my performances have been part of the team’s success this summer, which was highlighted by our winning of the HRV Cup for the second season in succession” said Hopkins.
Gareth Hopkins finished the season with 300.73 MVP points which was a narrow 0.68 points ahead of Otago Volts spearhead Neil Wagner. In fact the top five spots on the MVP table were separated by only 10.61 MVP points, which was the closest finish to the overall MVP rankings award since its inception. Experienced domestic cricketers Matthew Sinclair, Andrew Ellis and James Franklin rounded out the top five.
Underpinning Hopkins MVP award was a solid season with the bat, highlighted by two centuries and two half centuries in the Plunket Shield, where he scored 523 runs at 47.54. While Hopkins generally bats lower in the order, it was his ability to score quickly in the shorter formats that ensured he picked up MVP batting points across all three formats of the game.
Hopkins won a $500 prize, courtesy of Fujitsu Heat Pumps for being domestic cricket’s most valuable player this summer.