Darren Stevens

 

Tom Smith

 

Samit Patel


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AJMAL’S MAGIC HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR SPIN — 03/07/14

Saeed Ajmal continued to torment County batsmen this week racking up 12 wickets in Worcestershire’s LV=County Championship match (LV=CC) against Glamorgan, to take his tally to 56 for the season at an average of 15.91. The Pakistan off-spinner took 5-106 and 7-34 to rout the Welsh County and take Worcestershire to the top of the second division. He has moved up to fourth in the LV=CC FTI MVP, and fifth overall. The top four of Tom Smith, Samit Patel, Darren Stevens and Jim Allenby are unchanged.

Ajmal, who has a better LV=CC points-per-game average than the four men above him, has taken six five-wicket hauls this season with a best match-return of 13-94 (6-75 and 7-19) against Essex. During his previous stint of playing County cricket for Worcestershire in 2011 – when he was employed primarily for t20 – Ajmal took 17 first-division wickets at an average of 27.70 from three games. His best returns were 5-150 against Somerset and 6-124 versus Sussex.

In the Natwest t20 Blast Ajmal has played an integral part in Worcestershire’s run of six successive wins. He has taken eight wickets from eight games, but only concedes runs at the rate of six per over. Only once has he gone for more than 7.5 runs per over, and was at his most economical against local rivals Warwickshire, when he returned figures of 4-0-10-0. Interestingly, Ajmal also played eight games in the 2011 FLt20 campaign, taking 16 wickets and conceding at exactly the same rate of six runs per over. His best return in that campaign was 4-1-14-4 against Northants.

Jeetan Patel is the other frontline spinner in the top ten of the Rankings. He sits sixth overall, one place ahead of Ajmal in third in the LV=CC FTI MVP courtesy of his 352 runs in addition to his 32 wickets. England must wish Ajmal or Patel were eligible to play for England as they search for a frontline spinner to challenge for a position in the Test team. Kent’s Adam Riley – 69th overall and 71st in the LV=CC FTI MVP – has taken 31 LV=CC wickets at an average of 26.64 including two five-fers. At 22 years of age and with just 30 first-class games to his name he might be deemed too raw to be blooded against India. Gareth Batty, by contrast, is a wily veteran of 201 first-class matches. He is 73rd overall and 63rd in the LV=CC FTI MVP, with 26 wickets at 20.35. But at 36 years of age and having played the last of his seven Tests nine years ago, a re-call to international colours seems unlikely despite his career-best; 8-68 having come earlier this summer against Essex at Chelmsford.

 

OVERALL FTI MVP

 

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Smith

Lancs

150.53

188.10

10

0

8

19

357

18.77

Patel

Notts

205.56

112.84

14

0

9

19

341

17.97

Stevens

Kent

127.80

176.91

10

0

5

18

320

17.79

Allenby

Glam

156.64

105.39

12

3

5

18

282

15.69

Ajmal

Worcs

13.92

245.15

4

0

10

16

273

17.08

 

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 Formula

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 point

Winning teams:

All members of a winning team receive one bonus point.

 

 As well as the extensive coverage on the PCA website, fans will also be able to get closer to the action via the FTI MVP Twitter feed – @FTI_MVP_Cricket – powered by Opta.


 


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