Tom Smith

 

Adam Lyth

 

Jeetan Patel


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Tom Smith first through 400 points barrier

Tom Smith bounced back to the top of the FTI MVP Rankings after taking six wickets in Lancashire’s narrow defeat to Nottinghamshire at Liverpool and became the first player this season to pass 400 points in the process. A tight-fought LV+ County Championship (LV=CC) match at Aigburth – a great advert for the longer form of the game in this country – saw Smith and Samit Patel, first and third in the Rankings, go head-to-head with Smith coming out on top in terms of points. The Lancashire all-rounder contributed 32 runs and took six top-order wickets (including Patel) in the match compared to Patel’s 40 runs and two lower-order wickets. Smith has now taken 48 LV=CC wickets including three five-wicket hauls and eight innings where he has taken at least three wickets. He’s also chipped in with 605 runs including six fifties, which puts him top of the LV=CC FTI MVP.

Patel, who is the leading overall MVP points-scorer since the Rankings began back in 2007, has 1188 runs and 31 wickets across all forms, 974 and 19 of which have come in the LV=CC, where he is ranked second. He’s scored two LV=CC hundreds and three nineties and taken 14 catches many of them at slip. Fielding points should not be underestimated given how close the race for the MVP title often is. Last year Patel took 15 catches across all cricket and finished four points behind the winner, Moeen Ali. This year, he has equaledthat figure halfway through the season.

This season’s outstanding outfielder is Adam Lyth with 26 catches. The Yorkshireman has become famous for his fielding double act with Aaron Finch on the boundary edge during Natwest T20 Blast action but it’s his reliability at slip in the LV=CC that has seen him rack up the points. Lyth has played 11 LV=CC matches and taken at least one catch in every innings. Of the 22 innings in which he has fielded, across both forms of the game, there are only two T20 Blasts that he has not taken a catch in. 

Warwickshire's Jeetan Patel, made the most significant move in the Rankings this week. He stayed in fifth but took 31 points from the Durham match having bowled his team to victory with 5-49 in the second innings. Patel is the top-placed spinner in the Rankings and could be a real force in the second half of the season. This week saw his first five-fer of the season but he has been remarkably consistent taking 38 wickets and scoring 384 runs including 105 against Middlesex. He is ranked third in the LV=CC FTI MVP and 11th in the Natwest T20 Blast where he has taken 17 wickets and conceded runs at just 5.74 runs per over. His last three matches have seen him return figures of 4-0-19-3 against Northants, 4-0-16-3 versus Notts and 3-0-17-2 against Worcestershire. His best score was against Lancashire in the Birmingham Bears’ opening fixture: 4-0-15-3.

 

OVERALL COUNTY FTI MVP

 

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Smith

Lancs

164.12

214.42

12

0

10

22

401

18.21

Stevens

Kent

146.02

214.50

13

0

7

22

381

17.31

Patel

Notts

211.68

126.16

16

0

11

21

365

17.37

Allenby

Glam

214.52

114.06

12

5

7

22

353

16.04

Patel

Warks

74.99

255.63

11

0

10

21

352

16.74

 


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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For more information on the FTI MVP ranking system, please visit www.thepca.co.uk. For more info on this release contact Dave Fulton on 07742 106991 or d.fulton456@btinternet.com, Jason Ratcliffe at the PCA on 07768 558 050 or jratcliffe@thepca.co.uk, or Senior Vice President, FTI Consulting, Kieron Smith on 07974 740 379 or Kieron.Smith@FTIConsulting.com.