Andrew McDonald Leads the Friends Life t20 FTI MVP - 04/07/11
Andrew McDonald is the new leader of the Friends Life t20 (FLt20) FTI MVP. The Australian overseas has been the pivotal player for the Leicestershire Foxes during their strong FLt20 campaign scoring 360 runs and taking 10 wickets. He has taken the responsibility for playing match-winning innings rather than eye-catching cameos contributing 5 fifties and preferring fours (31) to sixes (4). His last three innings of 59 not out off 47 balls versus Yorkshire, 53 off 44 balls against Worcestershire and an unbeaten 38 off 38 have summed up his batting contribution. He has scored 25% of Leicestershire's runs. He has been no slouch with the ball either as 3-18 and 3-26 against Yorkshire and Northants demonstrates. He concedes his runs at a respectable 7.20 runs per over and is very much like having two players in one.
Worcestershire's Gareth Andrew is another allrounder having a fine season and fine FLt20 FTI MVP campaign. 225 runs including 3 fifties and 15 wickets with 3-30 and 3-17 returns against Yorkshire highlight the contribution, which has pushed him to second in the FLt20 FTI MVP rankings. He is a dangerous striker of a ball from the middle order and is often at his best when the top order has misfired. His two best innings have been 53 off 44 against Leicestershire when he entered the fray at 42-5 and a match-winning 65 not out against Warwickshire when he came in at 80-5 in the tenth and took Worcestershire over the line. He has struck 15 fours and 10 sixes demonstrating the ability to clear the ropes but he has also worked the ball around to good effect, too.
Marcus Trescothick, who leads the overall FTI MVP, slips to third in the FLt20 FTI MVP after a quiet week by his lofty standards. The Somerset captain, who has won consecutive FTI MVP of the month awards for May and June, made 28 off 17 in Somerset's shock defeat by Gloucestershire on Friday night and didn't have a game on Sunday. He remains the leading run-scorer across all forms with 1704 runs and in the FLt20 with 435 from 8 games. He has hit 108 off 61 balls against Essex and three other fifties hitting 51 fours and 17 maximums along the way. Trescothick's strike rate is a formidable 177 runs per 100 balls and he has contributed 29% of Somerset's runs in the competition.
Tim Phillips of the Essex Eagles is the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 21 victims. He is very much the unsung hero of James Foster's side yet has made several match-winning contributions including 4-29 against Hampshire. He also took 4-27 against Sussex albeit in a losing cause and concedes his runs at a healthy 7.26 run per over.
Azhar Mahmood is fifth with 195 runs and 9 wickets while with England struggling for quick runs at the top of the order Alex Hales has picked a good time to find his best form. The Nottinghamshire opener joins his county colleagues Dave Hussey and Adam Voges in the top ten of the FLt20 FTI MVP after scoring 60 off 38 balls against Lancashire and 76 off 40 against Derbyshire. He has 4 fifties in total, a strike rate of 150 runs per 100 balls and a run tally of 402, which sees him up to eighth.
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