Chris Jordan is Back in the Lead of the FTI MVP Rankings – 17/06/13
Chris Jordan is back at the top of the FTI MVP Rankings after last week’s leader, Trent Copeland, flew back to Australia. With Jordan missing Sussex’s YB40 match against the Northants Steelbacks, the chasing pack made ground on the leaders. Jordan had one of his quieter weeks, but still mustered 41 off 70 balls and 3-94 against Surrey at Arundel in the Championship. Jordan had already taken 5-92 against his former team at The Kia Oval, one of three five-wicket hauls this campaign.
Jordan’s bowling stats are impressive, but the leading bowler in the country is Graham Onions – despite him having taken two wickets fewer than Jordan. The Durham paceman has taken 45 wickets with the same number of Championship five-fers (three) but has earned more points than the Sussex man because of his healthier economy rate. Onions concedes runs in the Championship at the rate of 3.17 runs per over compared to Jordan’s 3.44, while in the YB40 he goes at an average of 4.48 compared to Jordan’s 5.35. Jordan is far superior with the bat, his 279 runs dwarfing Onions’ 115.
Interestingly, the situation with the batsmen is similar. Michael Lumb is the leading batsman with 841 runs, narrowly pipping Middlesex’s overseas batsman, Chris Rogers, who has scored 842. This week Lumb earned 48 MVP points, recording a career-best score of 221 not out against Derbyshire, to add to his 123 against Durham and 135 versus Yorkshire. He’s now scored 693 Championship runs compared to Rogers’ 790, but the Australian has only two hundreds (214 against Surrey and 184 versus Sussex). Lumb has a brace of match-winning fifties in the YB40 and his 148 runs have come at the rate of 120 runs per 100 balls, compared to Rogers’ 52 at exactly 100 runs per 100 balls. Lumb is 15th overall and Rogers 20th.
Unsurprisingly, it is the allrounders who dominate the top positions. Ten of the top 11 players would be classified as such, with Onions the only exception in fifth. One of them, Kent’s Darren Stevens, has moved into 11th spot. After a slow start to the season, Stevens, who is the fourth highest points-scorer since the FTI MVP Rankings began back in 2007, has been racking up the points. His last six knocks in the Championship read 136, 97, 60, 96, 10 and 119. He has also taken 4-36 versus Essex and 5-39 against Leicestershire in this purple patch. He’s scored 672 runs and taken 22 wickets across all forms, 562 and 15 of which have come in the Championship and he has closed within 48 points of the lead.
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