Trego Wins the FTI MVP 2012 Award – 18/09/12
Peter Trego has won the highly coveted title of the Professional Cricketer’s Association’s Most Valuable Player for 2012, sponsored by FTI Consulting. Trego had led the overall MVP race for much of the season and ran out a comfortable winner by 60 points from Kent’s Darren Stevens. Trego’s final total of 501 points was the lowest total winning score since the MVP began back in 2007, an indication that the weather – as well as the reduction in the number of t20 group games from 16 to 10 – has made points harder to come by this summer. The Somerset all-rounder scored 897 runs and took 67 wickets across all forms, 600 and 50 of which came in the LV County Championship (LV=CC), where he was ranked second. He also enjoyed a fine CB40 campaign, finishing eighth in the CB40 FTI MVP with 245 runs and 15 wickets.
With injuries to several of Somerset’s frontline seamers, Trego took the new-ball, and many of his 50 Championship wickets – the best tally of his career – were top-order players, which earn extra points under the MVP formula. He played every Championship match, and sent down over 500 overs, conceding his runs at 3.05 runs per over. This increased workload with the ball seemed to affect the other string to his bow at first, but he finished strongly with the bat scoring 248 runs from his last four innings. His 600 runs were 9 better than in 2011, and only 10 fewer than in 2009. He scored 693 runs in 2010, 813 runs in 2008 and 814 runs in 2007. He only bettered this year’s strike rate of 81 runs per 100 balls in 2007 (82 runs per 100 balls).
Trego’s strong 2012 campaign has elevated him to third in the all-time list of MVP points-scorers, behind Marcus Tresocthick and Samit Patel. His ability to stay on the park and contribute with bat, ball and in the field across all forms of the game has made him one of the most consistent performers in county cricket; something that is best illustrated by his overall finishing positions over the last five years: 17th in 2011 and 2010, 18th in 2009, and 21st in 2008 and 2007.
Stevens, who is now up to fourth on the all-time list, scored 1023 runs, and took 62 wickets across all forms to finish in the silver medal position; while Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali came third with 1106 runs and 50 wickets.
The race for the CB40 FTI MVP,meanwhile, was almost as exciting as the Lord’s final itself, with Michael Carberry falling just short of reeling in Durham’s Phil Mustard. Mustard took the title by a solitary point, after scoring 475 runs, taking 11 catches and completing 5 stumpings. He scored three 100s and a 91 at a strike rate of 143 runs per 100 balls. He notched back-to-back centuries against Surrey (143 off 91) and Glamorgan (107 off 61). Carberry’s 598 runs included two 100s and five 50s from just 9 knocks, at an overall strike rate of 105 runs per 100 balls. He contributed an incredible 33.60% of Hampshire’s competition runs.
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