MITCHELL MOVES THIRD AFTER TWO HUNDREDS - 08/05/2014
Daryl Mitchell was the big mover in this week’s FTI MVP Rankings after scoring a brace of hundreds against Glamorgan in Cardiff. The Worcestershire captain is now the leading run-scorer in the LV= County Championship (LV=CC), with 532 runs at a strike rate of 44 runs per 100 balls and is now up to third in the Rankings.
He opened his campaign with 172 not out at the Ageas Bowl against Hampshire, and found the Glamorgan attack even more to his liking, with scores of 109 and 151 not out. Mitchell has contributed 29.36% of Worcestershire’s competition runs this season, and the FTI MVP Rankings suggest he is a player who is getting steadily better every year. He has finished in the top 30 for the past two Summers and in the top 60 for the three prior to that. Mitchell earns captaincy points for Worcestershire’s two victories and has joined Steven Finn on 128 points — eight behind Glamorgan’s Graham Wagg.
Wagg enjoyed another solid game, taking five Worcestershire wickets in Cardiff (4-75 and 1-52). He has scored 166 runs at the impressive strike rate of 75 runs per 100 balls, and claimed 21 wickets with an economy rate of 3.11 runs per over. Wagg’s best performance came at the Oval when he took 6-29 against Surrey in round one. Last week, he then took 4-107 and 4-65 against Leicestershire, either side of posting 57 from 54 balls with the bat. Both Wagg and Mitchell lose 20% of their LV=CC points because they play in division two.
Steven Finn – who plays first division cricket with Middlesex – does not suffer such a 20% deduction, but he does run into the likes of Tim Ambrose, whose 167 was the same score as the whole of the Middlesex could muster in their first innings. Finn’s top-score came with an unbeaten 37 in that innings, and did remove Ateeq Javid and Keith Barker early on day two to reduce Warwickshire to 140-6; but they were his only successes. Finn still leads the wicket-takers with 25 wickets, but he only took 17 points from the game, losing ground on Wagg.
Lewis Gregory is the surprise entry into the top five. The Somerset opening bowler, who is approaching his 22nd birthday, has 22 wickets to his name this season — 17 away from home. He started slowly with just one victim against Yorkshire at Taunton, but then took eight in the match against Durham at the Riverside (4-59 and 4-91). He bettered that performance with 5-49 and 4-48 in the win over Sussex at Hove — a match in which he also contributed 47 off 51 balls with the bat. This week he claimed 4-80 in Nottinghamshire’s first innings. If Gregory can maintain that form, it will represent a breakthrough season for him – he has finished 234th, 237th and 180th in the Rankings over the last three years.
Australia opening batsman and Middlesex four-day captain, Chris Rogers, completes the top five. Rogers made 34 and 82 in his team’s defeat at Edgbaston, to take his tally for the season to 481 runs at a strike rate of 74 runs per 100 balls. Rogers made 241 not out in Middlesex’s 472-3 to beat Yorkshire at Lord’s the previous week — the third-highest successful run-chase in the history of the County Championship. Rogers has contributed 26.43% of his side’s runs. His opening partner, Sam Robson, tipped by many for higher honours this Summer, has scored 20.60% of Middlesex’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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