Stevens and Roland-Jones are looking for victory in the overall FTI MVP – 03/09/12
As the race for the overall FTI MVP enters the final straight, Darren Stevens and Toby Roland-Jones have kicked for home and have the front-running Peter Trego well and truly in their sights. Both fast-finishers enjoyed tremendous weeks with the ball in the Championship (LV=CC) with Roland-Jones capping an incredible month – in which he brought home the FTI MVP Award for August – with the first ten-wicket match haul of his career against Worcestershire at New Road. Stevens, meanwhile, took 5-35 as Kent kept their promotion hopes alive with victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.
Roland-Jones has scored 279 runs and taken 81 wickets across all forms, 266 and 59 of which have come in the LV=CC. He took 29 Championship wickets in August returning figures of 6-66 against Sussex, 3-38 and 5-39 against Surrey in addition to his 5-72 and 5-46 in the Worcestershire match. He is ranked 5th in the LV=CC FTI MVP and is very much the new kid on the block in a rankings’ context. He finished 182nd in the overall FTI MVP in 2010 and 232nd in 2011 as he fought to break in to the Middlesex team but is now very much a frontline player.
Stevens, by contrast, is one of the most experienced campaigners on the circuit as illustrated by his 4th place on the all-time MVP rankings list. His MVP career breakdown reads: 19th in the LV=CC FTI MVP, 8th in the 40-over comps and 1st in t20 cricket. He finished 3rd in last year’s overall FTI MVP and 8th in 2010. In this year’s Championship, he has taken 29 wickets, scored 610 runs including a couple of hundreds and is ranked 5th in the LV=CC FTI MVP. He is 45 points behind Trego with two games remaining.
Trego failed to take a wicket in his latest Championship match (against Surrey at Taunton) but he did top-score for Somerset with 92 off 110 balls earning 20 MVP points. Trego has scored 444 runs and taken 48 wickets to be ranked 3rd in the LV=CC FTI MVP. He has 741 runs and 65 wickets across all cricket.
The CB40 final will be contested by Hampshire and Warwickshire with Michael Carberry looking for the 11 points he needs to reel in Phil Mustard at the top of the CB40 FTI MVP. Carberry had a storming semi-final against the Sussex sharks smashing 68 off 36 balls as the Royals chased down 222 for victory. The attacking southpaw has scored 563 runs from just eight knocks including two hundreds and five fifties. He’s contributed over 36% of his team’s competition runs and scored them at better than a run-a-ball. Carberry’s county colleague James Vince is a further 26 points back in 7th spot while the Bears’ highest ranked player is Varun Chopra in 20th. Chopra scored a vital hundred against Lancashire in the other semi-final but with 47 points between himself and Mustard simply has too much to do.
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