Wes Durston moves to the top of the overall FTI MVP Rankings - 02/07/12
Wes Durston returns to the top of the overall FTI MVP Rankings after playing a major role with both bat and ball in Derbyshire’s FLt20 victory over Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford. Durston, who last topped the Rankings at the end of May, opened the bowling with his off-spin, taking 2-16 from his 4 overs before making light work of chasing 123 with 56 off 36 balls.
The former Somerset all-rounder, who earned a contract with Derbyshire after impressing with the Unicorns in 2010, has now scored 834 runs and taken 12 wickets across all 3 forms of the game this season. He is ranked 4th in the FLt20 FTI MVP, 17th in the CB40 FTI MVP and 35th in the LV=CC FTI MVP. Having lost his Somerset contract at the end of 2009 despite a strong showing in the Champions League in India, Durston needed the Unicorns’ opportunity in the CB40 to showcase his talents to other counties. A remarkable innings of 117 off 68 balls for the Unicorns against Sussex in the May of 2010, which earned him 33.61 MVP points, did just that and he signed for Derbyshire shortly afterwards. He finished 30th in the CB40 FTI MVP that year and 8th last season (22nd overall) with 491 runs and 8 wickets. His short-form consistency is also illustrated by the fact he’s finished 20th and 46th in the last two t20 campaigns, an especially strong effort given the Falcons have never made it out of the group stage of the competition.
Middlesex Panthers’ batsman, Paul Stirling, has been one of the stand out players in limited overs cricket in 2012. The Irishman is one place ahead of Durston, 3rd in the FLt20 FTI MVP, and 4th in the CB40 FTI MVP. In the FLt20 he has reeled off scores of 36 off 23 balls against Surrey, 71 off 49 and 82 off 64 in two matches against the Hampshire Royals, and 63 off 37 balls against the Kent Spitfires. His tally of 254 runs from just 5 innings comes at a strike rate of 144 runs per 100 balls, and he has contributed 33.64% of the Panthers’ runs. Of the top 50 batsman in the competition, only he and Scott Styris (47th) average more than 15 points per game.
Another top short-form player, Moeen Ali of Worcestershire, is a new entry into the overall top 10, courtesy of several match-winning performances in the FLt20. Ali is ranked 20th in the FLt20 FTI MVP and 10th in the CB40 FTI MVP. He has scored 639 runs and taken 15 wickets across all forms. In Sunday’s FLt20 match against Somerset, he opened the batting and bowling scoring 47 off just 23 balls and taking 2-17. Ali has finished 13th overall in the Rankings in each of the last two years, 12th and 17th in the CB40, and 28th and 12th in the FLt20.
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