Phil Mustard moves to sixth in the overall FTI MVP rankings after an extraordinary performance - 13/08/12
Mo Farah was not the only Englishman to complete a double this weekend. Phil Mustard scored two hundreds in as many days in the CB40 to jump to the top of the CB40 FTI MVP, and move up to sixth in the overall race. Durham’s former captain blasted 143 off just 91 balls against Surrey on Saturday, and backed that up against Glamorgan on Sunday, upping his strike rate to 175 runs per 100 balls with an innings of 107 off 61 balls. Mustard, who also took two catches and completed two stumpings in the Surrey match netted a whopping 45.10 points for his efforts, breaking the previous record for a 40-over match of 39.48 points by Grant Flower back in 2010. Mustard has scored 472 runs at a strike rate of 144 runs per 100 balls in this year’s competition, including three hundreds and a 91. He has contributed nearly a quarter of Durham’s runs and has struck an impressive 49 fours and 16 sixes. Since the inception of the MVP rankings back in 2007, ‘Colonel’, as he is affectionately known throughout the county game is the 7th highest on the overall points scoring list and is second in 40-over cricket.
Darren Stevens is another player who figures prominently on the all-time MVP lists. County cricket’s top t20 performer of the last six years is the fifth highest points scorer across all forms. This year, he is up to third overall, having scored 861 runs and taken 43 wickets, 547 and 24 of which have come in the LV County Championship (LV=CC). He is ranked 13th in the CB40 FTI MVP with 107 runs and 12 wickets. Stevens has only batted three times in the CB40, scoring 59 off 51 balls against Yorkshire, eight against the Unicorns, and 40 off 55 against Derbyshire this week; a match in which he also took 5-36 as Kent kept their chances of qualification alive.
Stevens has moved to within striking distance of the overall leader Peter Trego, who has 379 points. The Kent all-rounder is on 343 with Moeen Ali in second spot on 350. 11 players have broken the 300 points barrier for the season to date, with just 48 points separating Ali from Chris Nash in 11th.
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