Moeen Ali Wins County FTI MVP Title – 30/09/13
Moeen Ali claimed the coveted title of the PCA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) 2013 after a thrilling final week saw him snatch the top spot from Samit Patel. Ali’s four-point margin of victory was the narrowest since the competition began back in 2007, but that only hints at a small part of the drama that unfolded as the last round of matches drew to a close. Patel began the week with an unassailable-looking 24-point lead, but could only muster 16 with the bat and one wicket with the ball in the first half of Nottinghamshire’s game against Somerset at Trent Bridge. Worcestershire’s low-scoring game against newly-promoted Northants at New Road moved along more quickly, with Ali taking 3-30 and 6-77 either side of a second-innings’ knock off 44, earning a whopping 38.59 points from the match. Patel’s second innings score of 29 left him needing one wicket in Somerset’s second innings to overhaul Ali, but he failed to take a wicket in 11 overs.
Ali’s achievement is even more laudable when you consider he loses 20% of his LV=County Championship (LV=CC) points because he plays in the second division. He scored 2016 runs and took 52 wickets across all formats, 1,375 and 28 of which came in the LV=CC, where he was ranked second behind Graham Onions. He scored four hundreds and eight fifties in the LV=CC, with a best of 250 not out against Glamorgan. He was also ranked in the top ten of the Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40) FTI MVP and the Friends Life twenty20 FTI MVP (see below table), demonstrating his consistency across all formats.
Onions was a comfortable winner of the LV=CC FTI MVP, finishing 18 points clear of Ali. His 70 LV=CC wickets were unsurpassed and went a long way to bowling Durham to the Championship. His new-ball partner, Chris Rushworth, weighed in with 54 victims, their alliance so formidable that only Warwickshire registered a batting point at Chester-le-Street.
Peter Trego won the YB40 FTI MVP with 745 runs and 6 wickets, while David Willey clinched the FLt20 FTI MVP with 198 runs and 21 wickets. He reserved his best performance for the final, scoring 60 from just 27 balls and taking four wickets for just nine runs against Surrey. He also weighed in with a run-out and a catch.
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