Saffron Wilson's efforts with bat and ball has the 14-year-old as the early front-runner in Nelson Cricket's MVP statistics for the season. Photo: Jacob Page.

Nelson cricket’s MVP

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Nelson cricketer Saffron Wilson is certainly enjoying her time in the sun.

The 14-year-old Nelson College for Girls pupil is currently leading Nelson Cricket’s Most Valuable Player voting after six weeks, beating out several senior Nelson representative players in the process.

The MVP rankings combined batting, bowling and fielding attributes to calculate a points score.

“I’ve worked on my batting because last year I didn’t play well and I wanted to get my run rate up and get some more speed into my bowling.

“I like having a crack against the boys and proving that the girls can score just as many runs as they can.”

Saffron plays for Wakatu’s under 15 side as a No 3 batsman and first change bowler.

She had limited opportunities at the bowling crease last season due to a back injury, but now that has healed and the benefits are noticeable.

Saffron’s first memory of cricket was as a four-year-old watching her dad bat in a game at North Canterbury.

Despite being “hooked” on watching cricket on TV from a young age, it wasn’t until she was about 10 that she tried the game for the first time.

“I was more of a netball player and a sprinter.”

Saffron has only been dismissed twice so far this year, her best knock has been an unbeaten 94 where she also snared two for 12 from seven overs against a joint Nelson College and Nelson prep team.

She says she has aspirations to make the White Ferns one day.

This season she would like to get triple figures with the bat but she is also targeting captaining Nelson Under-15s and making the  Central Districts Under-15 girls’ team.

The regional Central Districts tournament will be played in two weeks.

Three Nelson girls made the Central Districts Under-15s and two girls made Central Districts Under-21s  last year, proving Nelson continues to produce quality women cricketers.