A RESURGENT STEVEN FINN LEADS THE MVP RANKINGS - 01/05/2014
Steven Finn’s period of rehabilitation with Middlesex looks like it is nearing completion after the fast bowler took another bagful of wickets in the LV County Championship (LV=CC) to jump to the top of the FTI MVP Rankings. Finn claimed 4-50 and 4-89 against Yorkshire at Lord’s, including England colleague Joe Root in each innings, to take his tally for the season to 23 wickets — the highest in the competition. Finn has taken at least four wickets in each innings in which he’s bowled, and while he has conceded his runs at 3.81 runs per over, he has taken a wicket on average every 27 balls, giving the Middlesex attack a real cutting edge.
Finn is one of five Ashes’ combatants in the top 10 of the FTI MVP Rankings. Finn’s county colleague and Aussie opener Chris Rogers is 10th after an astonishing batting performance at Lord’s. Rogers scored an unbeaten 241 not out to chase down 472, the third largest successful chase in the history of the County Championship. Rogers earned 50.67 points, which also happens to be the third largest points haul for an individual performance since the Rankings began, back in 2007.
Last week’s leader, Alastair Cook, is down to 8th after managing four against Gloucestershire in Bristol, while Ian Bell is up to 7th having notched his second century of the campaign in a low-scoring affair at Trent Bridge versus Notts. Bell scored 122 on a pitch that was deemed below average by the inspectors, to take his tally for the season to 405 runs. He has contributed 29.09% of Warwickshire’s competition runs.
Jimmy Anderson is 4th having returned figures of 5-48 and 5-41 against Northants at Wantage Road. Earlier in the season, he took 5-55 versus Notts. Anderson is England’s highest-ranked player in the all-time Test FTI MVP Rankings and showed all his ability and experience to slice through newly-promoted Northants.
Finn’s closest challenger at the top of the Rankings, though, comes in the all-round package of Graham Wagg. The left-arm swinger and hard-hitting batsman has scored 139 runs and taken 16 wickets. He took 6-29 to skittle Surrey at the Oval in round one, and this week he took 4-107 and 4-65 against Leicestershire, either side of posting 57 from 54 balls with the bat.
Ed Joyce, who led after week two, sits 3rd. Joyce made 117 and 151 at Edgbaston in Sussex’s win over Warwickshire in round two, and this week — despite an innings defeat to Somerset — he made 93, to take his tally to 379 for the campaign. Joyce has contributed 29% of Sussex’s competition runs.
County cricket’s leading run-scorer, is James Vince of Hampshire. The 23-year-old gave the England selectors a healthy nudge after scoring his second century of the season — 159 off 185 balls against Surrey at the Ageas bowl. Vince has scored 441 runs at the impressive rate of 84 runs per 100 balls and has an average of over 100. He has scored 23.66% of his team’s runs.
Previous winners Points
2013 Moeen Ali 600
2012 Peter Trego 501
2011 Marcus Trescothick 597
2010 Neil Carter 643
2009 Marcus Trescothick 632
2008 Martin Van Jaarsveld 553
2007 Ottis Gibson 736
The FTI MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held - and, how well they do it. A player achieves bonus points based in certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:
Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points
Batting: The basis of the batting points take into account runs scored, the rate scored at, and the percentage of the team's total. Batting bonus points are achieved for reaching a century, achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20), and scoring over 30% of a team's runs
Bowling: The basis for the bowling points take into account the number of wickets and economy rates. Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen Bowling bonus points are achieved for achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. fewer than 6 runs per over in Twenty20), taking 5 or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.
Fielding: Points are accumulated for catches, run outs - direct hits, run outs – assists, stumpings, with bonuses for 5 fielding dismissals in an innings.
Captaincy: A captain of a winning side will receive one bonus pointWinning teams:
All members of a winning team receive one bonus point.
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