Trescothick Takes the Overall FTI MVP for a Second Time – 21/09/11
Marcus Trescothick has walked off with the coveted crown of the FTI MVP for the second time in three years. The Somerset captain chalked up 597 points - 35 points fewer than his 2009 winning total of 632 - finishing 44 points clear of Gareth Andrew, who leapfrogged Darren Stevens into the runners up spot. Trescothick was the leading batsman across all forms with 2518 runs (477 more than Alviro Petersen) and also in the Championship (LV=CC) with 1673 runs including 2 200s, 4 100s and 5 50s. He scored his Championship runs at 70 runs per 100 balls, contributing 25.88% of Somerset's total runs, finishing fifth in the LV=CC FTI MVP.
In 2009's LV=CC MVP Trescothick finished second with 1817 runs including eight 100s, four 90s, four 70s and another 50. Interestingly, although he scored more runs in 2009 he contributed less in terms of percentage (20.39%) of his team's runs, which suggests that his runs in this campaign have been more valuable as they have been generally harder to come by. There is no doubt that Somerset have relied upon him more than ever.
Trescothick's haul of 507 runs in the Friends Life t20 (FLt20) saw him ranked fourth in the FLt20 FTI MVP, while his 54th place in the CB40 FTI MVP was his lowest ranking in any competition since 2008. He was helped in the overall rankings by 38 catches, many taken at slip, and 25 wins as captain.
In contrast to Trescothick's consistency, Gareth Andrew's season has been something of a breakthrough. Previously his highest overall ranking was 100 in 2009. This year he scored 1099 runs and took 82 wickets across all forms, 666 and 52 of which came in the Championship where he finished seventh, helping Worcestershire to avoid the drop. His other strong competition was the FLt20 where 257 runs and 19 wickets elevated him to sixth in the FLt20 FTI MVP
Darren Stevens proved his all round credentials once again with 1563 runs and 57 wickets across all cricket to finish third overall. His stand out Championship performances came with the ball: 6-60 in his opening return of the summer against Essex, an analysis bettered in Canterbury week when he took a career best 7-21 and 4-49 in the victory over Surrey. With the bat he made a century and four 50s in the Championship but his real match-winning contributions came in the FLt20 where he racked up 358 runs at a strike rate of 147 runs per 100 balls. Stellar Stevens performances against Surrey Lions and the Essex Eagles in the group stages saw a late dash from the Spitfires into the quarter-finals. He has now finished in the top 10 of the FLt20 FTI MVP in each of the last three years.
The Championship FTI MVP has been dominated by the bowlers and bowling all-rounders. The only out and out batsmen in the top 25 of the rankings are Trescothick in fifth, Dale Benkenstein in 23rd (who did in fact earn 20 points with the ball), and Murray Goodwin in 25th. Top of the LV=CC FTI MVP is Andre Adams, who picked up his now customary 60 plus wicket haul (67) but who added valuable lower order runs (551) too. Adams hit five 50s at better than a run-a-ball, often changing the momentum of matches and always scattering fielders to far flung corners of the ground. Adams took seven five-fors, conceding runs at just over three run per over.
The leading wicket-taker in the county game is Dave Masters of Essex, with 106 across all forms, 93 of which came in the Championship. Masters finished second in the LV=CC FTI MVP, a tremendous feat given that second division performances are subject to a 20% point reduction. He took five wickets in an innings an impressive eight times but it was his best bowling figures of 8-10 against Leicestershire which really caught the attention.
The CB40 FTI MVP was won by Chris Nash of the Sussex Sharks, whose strong one-day performances helped him to fourth in the overall FTI MVP. He scored 649 CB40 runs including two unbeaten 100s and four 50s, and took 6 wickets with a best return of 3-30 against Holland.
Andrew McDonald led the run-scoring and the rankings in the FLt20 FTI MVP. 585 runs at a strike rate of 128 runs per 100 balls with seven 50s helped the Leicestershire Foxes all the way to the Champions League in India. His highest score of 96 off 57 balls and his best return of 3-18 came against Yorkshire Carnegie. He took 14 wickets in the competition.