The 2012 LV County Championship gets off to a terrific start - 16/04/12
A terrific start to the 2012 LV County Championship (LV=CC) has seen 13 results from 14 matches in the first two weeks of the season. In the latest round of matches Middlesex beat Surrey by 3 runs, while there were narrow wins for Warwickshire over Somerset and Gloucestershire against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl, as the Championship proved once again that low-scoring encounters can be incredibly exciting. Ball has well and truly dominated bat, so it is no surprise to see the FTI MVP Rankings dominated by seam bowlers.
The first 12 positions in the rankings are held by seamers, with left-arm spinner George Dockerell in 13th and Nick Compton, the country’s early pace setter with the bat, in 14th. Nottinghamshire’s Andre Adams tops the list, having scored 47 runs and taken 13 wickets. Adams has huge pedigree in the FTI MVP rankings, finishing top of the LV=CC FTI MVP in 2011 with 67 wickets and third in 2010 with 68. Last year’s success owed much to his lower order hitting which yielded 551 runs at a run-a-ball and included 5 50s.
Sussex paceman, Jim Anyon, is second with 48 runs and 11 wickets. He has batted 3 times, contributing double figures on each occasion, while his stronger suit has brought successive 5-fors against Surrey (5-79 at the Kia Oval) and defending Champions Lancashire (5-36 at Liverpool). Anyon finished 22nd in 2011’s LV=CC FTI MVP with 55 wickets.
Graham Wagg has the best combined return of 77 runs and 13 wickets, but he loses 20% of his points due to playing in the Championship’s second division. Wagg took 6-44 and 2-21 against Derbyshire, but could not prevent his Glamorgan side going down at the Swalec.
Vernon Philander, the fastest man to 50 wickets in the history of Test cricket, demonstrated his international pedigree in Somerset’s first match against Middlesex at Taunton. He took 5-43 and 2-38 to help Somerset (notorious for being slow starters) to a first win. He lies fourth with 48 runs and 10 wickets, narrowly ahead of Ben Phillips in fifth, who has 49 runs and 10 wickets, but who has not collected as many bowling points due to the lack of a 5-for.
Jonathan Clare has earned the most points for a single match (54pts), having scored 21 and 43 and then taken 5-17 and 6-40 for Derbyshire against Glamorgan. The bowling all-rounder did not play in Derbyshire’s opening fixture against Northants, but jumps straight into the top ten in sixth spot.
Another bowler to have enjoyed a 50-point match is Leicestershire’s Robbie Joseph, who returned figures of 6-47 and 6-64 on debut against Glamorgan at Grace Road. Joseph is eighth, just behind another bowler to have moved over the winter, Jon Lewis. Lewis splits Clare and Joseph in seventh with 46 runs and 11 wickets, including 5-41 in the thriller at Lord’s.
Kent’s, Matt Coles, is the first player this campaign to have scored a hundred and bagged a five-wicket haul. The strapping all-rounder smashed 103 off 111 balls against Yorkshire at Headingley before routing Northants at Wantage Road with 3-32 and 6-51.
Sussex’s overseas recruit, Steve Magoffin, rounds off the top 10 after a stunning debut, in which he took 2-21 and 7-34 against Lancashire at Liverpool.
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