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Sarah Glenn has been named the T20I MVP for this summer after England’s five-match T20I series against the West Indies ended in a 5-0 series whitewash victory for the hosts on Wednesday evening.
The 21-year-old has continued her meteoric rise throughout the series, all of which took place on her home ground at Derby, finishing with 44.75 MVP points following England’s three-wicket win on Wednesday, just over two clear of closest challenger Amy Jones.
As well as being the top performer overall, Glenn also finishes as England’s most effective bowler with 30.78 MVP points in that discipline, Katherine Brunt scoring the next highest total with 24.6
Whilst there was no standout individual highlight for Glenn in this series, she was a model of consistency throughout, averaging 8.95 MVP points-per-game. She took two wickets in three out of the four fixtures in which she bowled, with her economy hovering around five runs per over at the same time.
The T20I MVP awards caps off a Wednesday to remember for Glenn as she also secured a nomination for the NatWest PCA Women’s Player of the Year award at this Saturday’s NatWest Cricket Awards. She is up for the prize alongside skipper Heather Knight and all-rounder Nat Sciver.
Sciver was the last claimant of the T20I MVP award following the conclusion of England’s T20 World Cup campaign in March, but she will wait to see who will succeed her in the cross-format Overall stakes since her side only appeared in one format this summer.
On this occasion, Sciver makes a podium finish in third place with 38.4 MVP points, with Jones sandwiched between the pair on 42.5 points.
Jones provided a vital all-round contribution for her side in this series, scoring 17.5 MVP points for her batting and 20 for her work behind the stumps, which included four stumpings throughout the series. She also earned five bonus points for ending up on the winning side on five occasions, and was Player of the Match in the second fixture on 23 September.
The top five is completed by Brunt (37.9 MVP points) and Knight (32.3 points).
The MVP algorithm was designed by the PCA in conjunction with the players to identify the match-winning performers in any given fixture. On top of traditional batting and bowling averages, bonus points are awarded for key disciplines such as scoring quickly, claiming top-order wickets and taking catches in the field.
Glenn is the fifth and final international MVP of this summer, following Test MVP Stuart Broad, men’s T20I MVP Dawid Malan, ODI MVP David Willey and Overall MVP Chris Woakes in claiming an award in England colours this summer.