Dimitri Mascarenhas wins FLt20 FTI MVP - 28/08/12
Dimitri Mascarenhas has claimed the prestigious title of the Friends Life t20 Most Valuable Player, sponsored by FTI Consulting. The Hampshire Royals captain enjoyed a terrific Finals Day, returning figures of 4-0-11-2 against Somerset in the semis, before taking 2-20 from his four overs to clinch victory over Yorkshire and bring the trophy back to the Ageas Bowl for the second time in three years. Mascarenhas, who was hampered by a shoulder injury which prevented him from batting, showed all his t20 experience to stifle two powerful top orders with his famous brand of accurate military medium pace. It was the sixth time in this year’s campaign that Mascarenhas has conceded less than a run-a-ball from his allocation, and the sixth time that he’s taken two wickets in an innings. His best figures during the group stages of the competition were 4-0-12-2 against Surrey, and 4-1-14-2 versus Kent. His overall economy rate of 6.43 runs per over earned him MVP bonus points, as did the fact that all of his 15 wickets were top order batsmen. He also earned points for a batting strike rate of 1.42 and for eight wins as captain.
Mascarenhas has been a consistent performer in an MVP context across all forms. He’s just outside the top 50 all-time rankings, but is ranked 21st in t20 (despite missing the whole of the 2010 campaign through injury), and won the County Championship MVP back in 2008 where he scored 673 runs and took 41 wickets. He was placed seventh in last year’s FLt20 FTI MVP, with 85 runs and 21 wickets.
Sussex Shark’s overseas star, Scott Styris, looked to have the FLt20 FTI MVP in the bag when he took 3-22 against Yorkshire in the semis; but he was ultimately hampered by the Sharks’ failure to qualify for the final, finishing three points behind Mascarenhas. The Kiwi t20 specialist, had lit up the quarter-final stage with a 37-ball 100 against the Gloucestershire Gladiators, scored 204 runs at a strike rate of 191 runs per 100 balls, and took seven wickets; conceding his runs at just 6.60 runs per over. In the previous two t20 campaigns, Styris played for the Essex Eagles. In 2011 he scored 220 runs at a strike rate of 161 runs per 100 balls, and took seven wickets at 7.34 runs per over. In 2010 he finished 11th in the t20 rankings with 392 runs and 13 wickets. His innings of 106 off 50 balls against Surrey at Chelmsford was one of the performances of the summer.
Styris is one of five overseas players in the top ten of the FLt20 FTI MVP. David Miller, who carried the fight for Yorkshire so valiantly in the final, finished fourth with fellow batsman Phillip Hughes one place further back in fifth. Abdul Razzaq, who led the FLt20 FTI MVP after the group stages ended up sixth, while Aussie fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, was ninth. Overseas players, Chaminda Vaas and Andrew McDonald, had won the FLt20 FTI MVP in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Flying the flag for the keepers was Essex Captain, James Foster, who ended up in third courtesy of 270 runs at a strike rate of 166 runs per 100 balls, seven catches and four stumpings. His best performances came against the Kent Spitfires (51 off 27) and the Sharks (65 off 31). He is ranked 14th in the all-time t20 list, with a highest finish (prior to this season) of 15th back in 2008.
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