Thompson closes gap on MVP leader Napier

State Central Stags spearhead and recent BLACKCAPS recruit Ewen Thompson is closing in on State MVP leader Graham Napier after taking three wickets and blasting 40 for the Stags against Otago in yesterday's State Shield action. Napier remains at the top of the State MVP rankings despite the Wellington Firebirds losing their last three State Shield matches. A solid performance in the last game against Canterbury saw Napier pick up two wickets and 20 runs.

Otago Volt pace bowler Neil Wagner returned to the top five after ripping through the Central line up to finish with four for 39 to set up victory for the Southerners. The win confirms a spot in the semi's for the Volts. New BLACKCAP Trent Boult has broken into the top ten for the first time on the back of consistent bowling
performances and a string of victories for competition leaders the State Northern Knights. The red hot Knights are guaranteed a home final for the State Shield with the State Canterbury Wizards and State Central Stags vying for the final semi final spot.

MVP Top Five at a glance
1 G Napier (WGN) 221.39 points
2 E Thompson (CD) 193.04
3 M Sinclair (CD) 186.26
4 N Wagner (OTG) 172.51
5 L Woodcock (WGN) 168.83

State Shield Top Five
1 G Napier (WGN) 130.34
2 N Wagner (OTG) 97.91
3 B Watling (ND) 96.11
4 L Woodcock (WGN) 94.14
5 S Bond (CTY) 89.51

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