Sayers scooped the award as the leading wicket-taker of the series with 62 scalps at 19.00 – five behind Colin Miller’s all-time record of 67, and three behind Shaun Tait’s 65.

The award is calculated on the umpires’ 3,2 and 1 votes after each match, and was two points clear of Western Australian allrounder Hilton Cartwright.

Perhaps most impressive was his best bowling innings of the series in the Sheffield Shield final against Victoria, taking 7/84 in the first innings in the sweltering Alice Springs heat. 

Not renowned for his blistering pace, Sayers, 29, instead relies on swing to bamboozle batsmen, and he greatly benefitted from the use of the Dukes balls in the second half of the season.

Sayers has repeatedly staked his claim to make his Australian debut and was selected in two Test sides throughout the summer, but is still yet to receive a baggy green.

The South Australian Cricket Association congratulates Chadd on an outstanding season.