Samit Patel Wins July FTI MVP - 03/08/11
England and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel has won the monthly FTI MVP award for July after consistent performances in all three domestic competitions over the course of the month, earning a total of 176.23 points.
The 26 year old took 23 wickets throughout July, including 4-37 against Glamorgan in the Clydesdale Bank 40 to help Notts Outlaws to victory and 11 wickets in an LV=CC match against
Patel's highest score with the bat came in a Friends Life t20 fixture against Derbyshire, when he blasted 70 from just 43 balls to help his side to a quarter final spot in the competition.
Patel's consistency during July was rewarded by England selectors with a call-up to the England Lions squad for the four-day match against Sri Lanka A. Other players vying for the top spot included Chris Nash (Sussex), who was also selected for England Lions, and Yorkshire's Richard Pyrah. Ravi Bopara (Essex) finished the month as the fourth-ranked FTI MVP, with Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens finishing fifth.
Samit Patel said: "I'm really happy to be putting in some match-winning performances at the ‘business end' of the season. It looks really tight at the top of the FTI MVP table and I recognise it will be quite an effort to catch Marcus, but I'll be trying my best."
Sebastian Mathews, Vice-President in the Strategic Communications business practice of FTI Consulting said: "Samit has been in excellent form in recent weeks, not only picking up the July FTI MVP award, but also moving up to second place in the overall FTI MVP rankings. While Marcus Trescothick maintains a healthy lead at the top of the rankings, Samit now leads the chasing pack and it will be fascinating to see how the battle for the title unfolds in the coming weeks. For now, we congratulate Samit on both his FTI MVP success and also his recent call-up to the England Lions squad."
A monthly FTI MVP award is announced throughout the summer for the leading points scorer across the LV= County Championship, Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank 40 for that month. April's award was won by 22 year old Warwickshire and England all-rounder Chris Woakes with Trescothick winning consecutive awards in May and June.
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