Darren Stevens

 

Tom Smith

 

Samit Patel


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Stevens routs Surrey to move top of rankings — 25/07/14

Darren Stevens performed more superhuman feats with the ball this week, to leapfrog Tom Smith at the top of the FTI MVP Rankings. The Kent all-rounder took his fifth five-wicket haul of the LV= County Championship (LV=CC) season to demolish Surrey’s middle order at Guildford, and put his team firmly in the promotion race. Stevens has been prominent in each of Kent’s recent consecutive wins, taking 3-25 and 6-64 against Derbyshire, 5-85 in the second innings at Grace Road versus Leicestershire and 4-110 and 5-68 at Guildford. He has now scored 589 runs, including a hundred and two fifties, has taken 43 wickets in the LV=CC, and is ranked third in the LV=CC FTI MVP. On the subject of his bowling achievements the Kent man was typically modest, “I can’t seem to score any runs at the moment, so I need to contribute with the ball. That’s the beauty of being an all-rounder I guess. The good news is that having strung some wins together, and with our games in hand, we’re right in the race.”

Stevens was also amongst the wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast, returning figures of 4-1-17-4 at Canterbury against Somerset last Friday night. He is ranked first in the t20 Blast FTI MVP Rankings, with one group match remaining with 284 runs and 17 wickets from 13 matches. Stevens won the 2009 t20 FTI MVP with 356 runs and five wickets from Kent’s 11 matches, and is the leading points scorer in the t20 since the Rankings began back in 2007, with 982 points.

Smith drops to second overall, but hangs on to the top spot in the LV=CC FTI MVP, despite Lancashire not having had a game in this week’s round of matches. As last week’s update foretold, Jeetan Patel is becoming a real contender. The Warwickshire overseas off-spinner has climbed to third after taking 4-84 in the LV=CC against Sussex at Horsham, and 4-19 – which included a hat-trick – in the Birmingham Bears’ t20 win over the Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley. Patel is seven points behind Smith and 42 adrift of Stevens.

Daryl Mitchell is County cricket’s leading run-scorer,with 1548 runs across both forms – 1222 of which have come in the LV=CC. Mitchell notched his fifth century of the LV=CC season and carried his bat for the second time in making 167 not out in his side’s win over Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. He has scored 21.5% of Worcestershire’s runs in the LV=CC and of his 17 innings only one has failed to yield a double-figure score. Mitchell is up to sixth overall – 10th in the LV=CC, and 11th in the T20 Blast, where he returned figures of 4-0-28-5 against holders, Northants Steelbacks.

The Royal London Cup

The Royal London Cup kicks off this week, with its rules mirroring those of One Day Internationals (ODIs). Seven months before the next World Cup, it is a hugely relevant competition and the top performers in the Royal London Cup FTI MVP will no doubt merit discussion when the England selectors sit down to pick the upcoming ODI squads. One man who will be desperately keen to showcase his one-day credentials is Samit Patel, who currently sits fourth in the overall FTI MVP, and has real 50-over pedigree. Patel is the highest points scorer in the history of the Rankings (inception 2007), and is ranked third in both the 40-over and 50-over all-time Rankings. Patel said, “The new competition is a chance for anyone who wants to play for England to press their case. Starting well is massive for me.” 

OVERALL COUNTY FTI MVP

 

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Stevens

Kent

151.28

266.29

13

0

9

24

440

18.32

Smith

Lancs

166.00

213.52

14

0

11

23

405

17.59

Patel

Warks

82.15

292.57

12

0

11

23

398

17.29

Patel

Notta

231.33

135.04

16

0

13

23

395

17.19

Allenby

Glam

221.53

130.02

12

5

7

24

376

15.66

 

 

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 Formula

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 point

Winning teams:

All members of a winning team receive one bonus point.

 

 As well as the extensive coverage on the PCA website, fans will also be able to get closer to the action via the FTI MVP Twitter feed – @FTI_MVP_Cricket – powered by Opta.


 


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