Wes Durston becomes the first Derbyshire player to win a monthly FTI MVP
Award – 01/06/12
Wes Durston has
become the first Derbyshire player to win a monthly FTI Most Valuable Player Award, after a series of outstanding performances.
The all-rounder was
the top point scorer in the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s rankings
system that compares players against their peers in the county game.
During May, Durston
blasted a total of 536 runs, bagged 7 wickets and took 12 catches to hold off
the challenge of Sussex’s Chris Nash and Gareth Batty of Surrey.
His achievement is
all the more significant given players in Division Two of the LV= County
Championship are deducted 20% of their points to take into account the
higher standard in Division One.
It also follows the
fact he was almost lost to the professional game in 2009, after his Somerset
contract wasn’t renewed after eight seasons at Taunton.
Signing for the
Unicorns, the ECB’s Recreational XI for the best un-contracted players, he
smashed 117 from just 68 deliveries as his team chased down an improbable 325
to beat Sussex in a CB40 clash in May 2010.
signed him to take part in their Twenty20 campaign, before he was handed a
full-time contract – and he has never looked back.
In five championship
games in May, Durston has hit 363 runs, including two centuries and a fifty, and
taken five wickets. In three CB40 games he has hit a further 173 runs,
including another century and taken two wickets.
He has also boosted
his score by taking eight catches in the County Championship and picked up
another four in the CB40.
Derbyshire Head Coach, Karl Krikken, said, “A lot of players have played well over the first two months
of the season and it would be remiss of me to single out individuals.
“But for Wes to win
the FTI MVP is the icing on the cake for the whole team. He has been in great
form so far, chipping in with important runs, wickets and catches.
“The trick for both
him and the team will be to sustain that form as there is a lot of cricket
still to be played in all three competitions.”
Durston’s award caps
a remarkable start to the season for Derbyshire, who currently sit top of
Division Two of the County Championship, and he is not the only player from the
Midlands county to feature highly among the game’s top performers.
New Zealand batsman
Martin Guptill, who currently sits in fifth place overall in the rankings, was
the fourth highest points scorer during May and is currently the number one
performing batsmen in the country.
David Wainwright is
the ninth best bowler, according to the statistics, and the 13th
best player overall, with Jonathan Clare (39th), Tim Groenewald (43rd) and Tony Palladino (46th)
all inside the top 50.
Kieron Smith, Senior
Vice President, FTI Consulting, said,“I would like to congratulate Wes Durston
on becoming the first Derbyshire cricketer to top the monthly FTI MVP rankings.
“His outstanding all
round contribution has also helped lift Derbyshire to the top of the table.
Cricket being a team game, I am sure this has given him as much satisfaction as
his own performance.
“The way Wes has
grasped his second chance in first class cricket is a lesson to all budding
cricketers that hard work and determination bring rewards.”
Now in their sixth
season, the FTI MVP rankings reward players for every run scored, every wicket
taken and every catch held. There are also bonuses awarded to those whose runs
and wickets contribute to a win for the team, with captains earning points for
their command of the side.
Bowlers also receive
higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for
getting out batsmen higher up the order. There are also bonuses for five or
more dismissals in an innings.
In addition, batting
points are handed out for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs
each batsman contributes. Fielding points are awarded for catches, run outs and
For more information on the FTI MVP ranking system please
visit www.thepca.co.uk. For more info on
this release contact Robin Hutchison at Earlybird Media on 07968 124 132 or email@example.com
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