Player of the Tournament Chris Lynn has finished the BBL|06 season as the No.1 batsman in the EXTRA Official BBL Player Rankings.
Despite missing Brisbane Heat's final four matches, Lynn was named adjudged the KFC Big Bash League's standout player after last night's decider, won by the Perth Scorchers over the Sydney Sixers.
The big-hitting right-hander blasted 309 runs from five innings at the phenomenal strike-rate of 177.58, hammering 26 sixes in the process.
Those numbers were enough to see him retain top place while sidelined with a bulging disc in his neck, ahead of leading run-scorer Ben Dunk from the Strikers in second place, recalled Australia ODI opener Aaron Finch in third, and teammate and fellow 'Bash Brother' Brendon McCullum in fourth.
Rejuvenated Stars opener Rob Quiney rounded out the top five, ahead of teammate Kevin Pietersen in sixth and Hurricanes young gun Ben McDermott in seventh, while Michael Klinger's superb unbeaten 71 in the decider saw the Scorchers veteran jump five spots into eighth place.
Heat Leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who was also sidelined for the closing rounds of the regular season with a hamstring injury, only just held onto top place among the bowlers, holding off a late charge from Scorchers quick Mitchell Johnson to give the Heat the batsmen/bowler double at the conclusion of this year's tournament.
Badree finished with 72.8 rankings points to stay atop the bowlers list, while Johnson's superb finals series (he took a combined 4-16 from eight overs across the semi-final and final) saw him surge 14 places into second spot.
Surprisingly, Sean Abbott, BBL|06's leading wicket-taker, didn't make the top-10 bowlers.
Bond University Professor Steven Stern, the man who has devised the Rankings formulas, explained that Abbott missed out due to his high economy-rate.
"Abbott makes for a fascinating case study in the worth of wickets and the importance of economy," Stern said.
"In the 10 innings he bowled, including the semi-final and grand-final, he had positive ratings in four games, including his two best performances when he took 5/16 and 3/38.
"However, he had negative ratings in the rest due to his economy-rate. His overall economy rate for the season was 8.73."
Striker's leg-spinner Ish Sodhi finished in third largely due to his astonishing 6-11 against the Thunder in his side's final match of BBL|06, with fellow wrist-spinners Mitchell Swepson (Heat) and Brad Hogg (Renegades) completing the top five.
Sixers captain Moises Henriques, who found form with the bat at the business end of the BBL|06 to take his side into the final, finished top of the allrounders, despite only bowling in two matches due to his recovery from a side strain.
In a season in which no allrounders truly jumped out from the pack, Henriques finished ahead of Scorchers quick Andrew Tye – who produced a career-best knock against the Stars – and injured Renegades import Dwayne Bravo as the top allrounders.
Scorchers pair Tim Bresnan and Ashton Turner rounded out the top five.