Darren Stevens and Ben Stokes Move into Second and Third in the FTI MVP Rankings – 29/07/13
Hard-hitting allrounders, Darren Stevens and Ben Stokes, have moved into second and third spot behind Samit Patel in the FTI MVP Rankings. They are locked together on 360 points – 78 adrift of Patel – but both have the points-scoring ability to give the leader some nervy moments as we head into the last two months of the season.
In the table below, their statistics are laid out together by way of comparison. Stevens has had by far the stronger season with the bat, yet Stokes has accumulated points consistently and taken more wickets. Stevens loses 20% of his LV=County Championship (LV=CC) points because they are scored in Division Two. Despite this, Stevens has scored 180 LV=CC points to Stokes' 168. Stevens has scored two hundreds and four fifties compared to Stokes' two fifties. He also scores his Championship runs at the impressive rate of 84 runs per 100 balls, compared to Stokes' (still no slouch) 55 runs per 100 balls. In defence of the Durham man, his team have only scored over 300 three times in 17 innings, while Stevens' Kent side have scored 350 or better on six occasions from their 13 innings. Batting has been a tricky business at times at the ICG Durham.
Stokes has enjoyed a better t20 campaign, although Stevens narrowed that gap after a week in which he scored 67 off 44 versus Sussex and 29 off 19, plus bowling figures of 4-0-16-2 against Surrey. Stokes has taken more wickets at a much better economy rate and scored more runs than Stevens, however, Stevens has scored his t20 runs slightly quicker, however.
This table also shows the career positions of the two players. Stevens who has played every season since the inception of the Rankings in 2007, is ranked fourth and Patel is first. Stokes, who only started axing regularly for Durham in 2010, is already up to 110th position. On career average points, however, he is up to 35th compared to Stevens' who is ranked in 48th position. Stokes has averaged 11.37 FTI MVP Ranking points throughout his career compared to Stevens' 11.15.
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