David Willey Takes the Title of FLt20 FTI Most Valuable Player 2013 – 19/08/13
David Willey's sensational performance in the Final of the Friends Life t20 (FLt20) sees him walk away with the title of FLt20 FTI Most Valuable Player (MVP) for 2013. He struck the fastest fifty of the competition in scoring 60 off 27 balls before routing Surrey with figures of 4-9 including a hat-trick to finish the game. He scored 198 runs and took 21 wickets to accumulate 160 points, two more than Craig Kieswetter, whose Somerset side bowed out at the quarter-final stage after defeat to Surrey at the Oval.
Willey saved his best performances with both and bat and
Northants' strong showing in the competition sees six of
Willey is up to ninth in the overall FTI MVP with 504 runs
Samit Patel, on 468 points, still leads the overall race but
Trego leads the YB40 FTI MVP from Klinger courtesy of six wickets and 705 runs, including two hundreds and five fifties.
Broad and Klinger Move Up The Overall FTI MVP Rankings – 13/08/13
Stuart Broad bowled England to an Ashes victory in dramatic style at Chester-le-Street, propelling himself into FTI MVP contention at the same time. Broad is up to second in both the Overall FTI MVP (behind Jimmy Anderson) and the Test FTI MVP (behind Graeme Swann), after taking 11 wickets in the fourth Test and 54 Ranking points from the match. He has now scored 196 runs and taken 29 wickets in Tests this Summer, and his figures show that when he gets on a roll he can be unstoppable.
Spare a thought for Anderson, who has never won an Overall FTI MVP title despite being one of England’s most consistent performers over the last five years. The fact he has not played T20 cricket since November 2009 has not helped of course, but he has led this campaign from the start of the Summer and looked to have the competition sewn up after the Trent Bridge Test. He took ten wickets in that match (5-85 and 5-73), but has only taken a further seven wickets from the last three Ashes Tests and has seen his lead cut to just 13 points. There is talk of him being rested at the Oval and he’s unlikely to play in the two T20 internationals, which close the Summer race – all of which means that any one of Broad,Swann, Joe Root or Ian Bell could come past him to take the title.
Bell has been England’s standout batsman in this Ashes series, becoming only the third England player to score three centuries in a home Ashes series. He has scored 500 runs, but is only ranked fifth in the Test FTI MVP after a relatively poor series against New Zealand, when he made just 73 runs from four innings with a best of 31. He is third in the Ashes FTI MVP behind Broad and Swann, who leads having taken 23 Ashes wickets. Swann also leads the Test FTI MVP with a tally of 33 wickets, having taken ten wickets in the Headingley Test against New Zealand.
It’s unlikely that the name Michael Klinger would figure in a list of the top ten greatest Australians to have played county cricket, but Gloucestershire’s South Australian captain has moved up to fifth in the FTI MVP Rankings and is beginning to look like one of the shrewdest signings of 2013. Klinger has scored nearly 200 runs more than any other county batsman across all forms of the game, and has helped make the Gladiators a force in one-day cricket once again. This week, he scored 131 off 126, albeit in a losing cause against Somerset in the Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40), to take his overall tally to 1699 runs. He’s contributed well over a quarter of Gloucestershire’s runs in white-ball cricket (27.28% in YB40, 26.62% in FLt20), and scored 40+ in six out of seven innings in the YB40. He’s scored hundreds in each competition, four of them coming in the LV=County Championship, where he’s demonstrated an ability to convert starts (4x100, 2x50).
Michael Carberry is second in the run-scoring charts with 1,503 runs and he’s involved in a tussle at the top of the FLt20 FTI MVP. Carberry is 12 points behind Craig Kieswetter, but unlike Kieswetter he has the opportunity to add to his points haul at Finals Day. Carberry scored a brilliant hundred off just 66 balls in the quarters against the Lancashire Lightnings, which leaves him just four runs shy of 500 for the competition. Nine of his ten knocks have been scores of 25+, seven have been 40 or better. He also gets his runs at the impressive rate of 145 runs per 100 balls.
Kieswetter’s 70 off 51 balls could not prevent his Somerset sliding to defeat at the Kia Oval in a tight quarter-final match against Surrey, but it did take him past the 500-run mark. The Somerset batsman-wicketkeeper has scored 517 runs at a strike rate of 137 runs per 100 balls, notching four fifties in his last four innings. He maintained that good white-ball form with an unbeaten innings of 126 off 97 balls in the YB40 against Klinger’s Gladiators on Sunday.
In the Overall FTI MVP, Samit Patel leads by 47 points from Durham’s Ben Stokes, who ended his FLt20 campaign with a belligerent innings of 51 off 29 balls against the Northamptonshire Steelbacks.
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