Craig Kieswetter

 

Josh Cobb

 

Jim Allenby


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T20 Blast quarter-finals preview  — 31/07/2014

Six of the top-ten players in the NatWest T20 Blast FTI MVP will contest the quarter-finals this weekend but the top two – Darren Stevens and Luke Wright - have run their race for 2014 as both Kent and Sussex have failed to qualify. Josh Cobb in fifth and Craig Kieswetter are the other two top-ten players unable to add to their points tally, all of which means Jim Allenby (third), Jason Roy (fourth) and Tom Westley (sixth) are best placed to top the T20 Rankings come the end of the weekend.

Stevens and Wright, winners of the T20 FTI MVP in 2009 and 2007 respectively, are two of the most consistent players in the shortest form of the game and have enjoyed terrific campaigns once again. Stevens has scored 351 runs at the rate of 159 runs per 100 balls including three fifties, and taken 18 wickets with a best return of 4-1-17-4 against Somerset at Canterbury.

Wright has racked up the points in recent weeks with back-to-back hundreds against Hampshire and Essex away from home. Both innings lasted 66 balls and both were unbeaten, his 116 at the Ageas Bowl just serving as a warm up for the 153 he bludgeoned at Chelmsford, a domestic record in T20 cricket. Wright is the leading scorer with 601 runs – which constitutes 27.58% of Sussex Sharks' runs - at a strike rate of 162 runs per 100 balls. He has hit 65.22% of his runs in boundaries (56 fours, 28 sixes).

Allenby is third in both the overall and the T20 FTI MVP Rankings. He has struck 510 runs at the rate of 139 runs per 100 balls and contributed over a quarter of his team's runs. His boundary percentage (61.18%) is lower than Wright's having hit half as many sixes. He has, though, hit one more four. Interestingly, Stevens has hit as many sixes as fours (21). Allenby has scored one hundred, and four fifties and will go to Emirates Old Trafford knowing Lancashire's success has been based on solid teamwork with different players chipping in at different times. The Lightning's highest-ranked player is Steven Croft in 26th.

Roy has the highest boundary percentage of all the top-ranked players. 368 (59 fours and 22 sixes) of his 488 runs have come in boundaries, which is 75.41%. He's contributed 26.35% of Surrey's runs in the 12 games in which he has played and scored at the impressive rate of 145 runs per 100 balls. 11 of those 12 knocks have been double-figure scores, six of them fifties. Roy's Surrey will play their quarter-final match at home against the Worcestershire Pears, who will be without their leading bowler, Saeed Ajmal (11th-ranked T20 bowler).

Tom Westley has been the surprise package of the competition. The Essex Eagles batsmen has only played 22 T20 matches in his career, 13 of them in this campaign, having previously struggled to establish himself in a powerful Eagles' batting line-up. This year, though, he's scored 525 runs including two hundreds (105 vs Kent and 109 not-out vs Sussex). Each of those innings lasted 58 balls and his strike rate for the Cup so far is 153 runs per 100 balls. He's scored 328 in boundaries (58 fours and 16 maximums) but will have the competition's leading bowler, Jeetan Patel, to contend with in the quarters on Saturday. Patel has taken 23 wickets in this year's Blast and conceded runs at just 5.63 runs per over.

NATWEST T20 BLAST FTI MVP 

Player

Team

Bat Pts

Bowl Pts

Field Pts

Capt Pts

Win Pts

Played

Points

Av Pts

Stevens

Spitfires

82.71

100.85

8

0

6

14

198

14.11

Wright

Sharks

171.14

0

5

0

6

14

182

13.01

Allenby

Dragon

131.97

32.11

2

6

6

13

178

13.70

Roy

Surrey

149.12

-1.60

5

0

9

13

162

12.42

Cobb

Foxes

78.90

58.42

10

4

4

14

155

11.09

Westley

Eagles

137.98

-3.25

0

0

9

13

144

11.06

 

 


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.

 

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