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Ali Comes Off the Canvas to Win the FTI Most Valuable Player Award 30/09/13

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Ali Comes Off the Canvas to Win the FTI Most Valuable Player Award – 30/09/13 [!Top5OverallMVP13!] Late surge by Worcestershire allrounder ensures narrowest margin of victory Moeen Ali of Worcestershire is the winner of this year’s county FTI Most Valuable Player Award and will today be presented with a cheque for £ 10,000. The Worcestershire star capped a remarkable season by snatching the honour on the penultimate day of the LV=County Championship from his season-long rival, Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel. Patel had regained the lead in early September, and looked to have secured victory after taking three wickets in nine balls against Glamorgan in the YB40 Final at Lord’s. However, after hitting 44 off 70 balls in the second innings of Worcestershire’s match against Northamptonshire at New Road, Ali helped skittle his newly-promoted opponents by taking 6-77 – his best return in the Championship this season. Coupled with the points he gained in the first innings, the performance ensured he earned a total of 38.59 points in the match, finishing with an impressive total of 600 points – seven clear of Patel with a day to go. Patel then scored 29 off 66 balls on the final morning against Somerset at Trent Bridge, leaving him needing one top order wicket (worth five points) in the afternoon to secure victory. Despite his Notts teammates gathering round the bat for 11 overs, he was unable to do so before the two teams settled on a draw, leaving Ali to record the narrowest margin of victory since the inception of the FTI MVP Award in 2007. Jason Ratcliffe, Assistant Chief Executive of the Professional Cricketers’ Association, said, ” It has been an incredible season for Mo – to hold his nerve and overtake Samit in the final game has made him an extremely worthy winner. ” All cricketers acknowledge that the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and therefore to out-perform everyone in this way is pretty impressive to say the least.” In total, Ali hit 2016 runs in all forms of cricket, took 52 wickets at an economy rate of 4.07, and pouched 26 catches. His 1,373 runs in the County Championship was the highest number by any batsmen this year. Moeen Ali – 2013 FTI MVP Statistics Moeen Ali Overall (1st) LV=CC (2nd) YB40 (8th) FLt20 (9th) Matches 38 16 12 10 Wickets 52 18 15 9 Economy Rate 4.07 3.32 5.82 7.05 Runs 2016 1375 368 273 Centuries 6 4 1 0 Fifties 12 8 2 2 Fours 250 178 42 30 Sixes 34 15 8 11 Strike rate 0.69 0.56 1.16 1.55 Average Points 15.79 21.02 12.16 11.77 Career Rankings (Total Points) 13 24 6 12 John Waples, UK Head of Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, said, ” The race for the FTI MVP was as exciting as it’s ever been this season, and I’d like to congratulate Moeen on his remarkable achievement. ” It was remarkable not only for the consistency he showed throughout the Summer, but also because of the amazing finish which ensured victory when all looked lost.” The FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, while batsmen get higher marks for scoring quickly and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit. Ali’s achievement was all the more laudable given that players in Division Two of the County Championship receive twenty per cent less points than their counterparts in Division One, in order to reflect the respective standards. Of the players that finished in the top ten this year, six of them ply their trade in Division Two of the LV=County Championship and all but one of them were allrounders. The only single-discipline player was Gloucestershire’s Michael Klinger, who was also the highest-scoring batsman across all formats, and the only captain in the top ten. The best performing bowler was Glamorgan’s Michael Hogan, who took the honours narrowly from Durham’s Graham Onions. Both counties were the only ones to contribute two players each in the top ten. Nottinghamshire’s Chris Read was the country’s top wicket-keeper, scoring four more points with the gloves than Durham’s Phil Mustard. Final FTI Most Valuable Player Rankings 2013 Player County Batting Bowling Field Capt Wins Plyd Pts Ave Moeen Ali Worcestershire 350.56 213.87 22 0 14.0 38 600 15.79 Samit Patel Nottinghamshire 302.83 238.11 35 0 20.0 41 596 14.54 Darren Stevens Kent 330.75 199.10 24 0 12.0 37 566 15.30 James Allenby Glamorgan 323.25 171.50 28 0 16.0 37 538 14.55 Graham Napier Essex 182.52 295.19 17 0 19.0 40 514 12.84 Ben Stokes Durham 242.30 222.28 25 0 20.0 36 510 14.15 Peter Trego Somerset 291.18 177.92 15 0 15.0 37 499 13.49 Michael Hogan Glamorgan 47.45 404.70 18 0 17.0 36 487 13.54 Scott Borthwick Durham 277.88 148.17 38 0 23.0 39 487 12.49 Michael Klinger Gloucstershire 430.30 0.00 25 14 14.0 37 483 13.06 For more information on the FTI MVP ranking system, please visit 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 on 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 they are 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 gained 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. About FTI Consulting FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organisations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,800 employees located in 24 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients to anticipate, illuminate and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management, strategic communications and restructuring. The company generated $1.4 billion in revenues during fiscal year 2010. More information can be found {{ak_sharing}} The FTI MVP Explained For answers to all of your Rankings questions simply click on the links below. Why reward a captain? Is there a difference in the divisions? Why should a batsman be rewarded for scoring quickly? Why reward a batsman for scoring 30% of his teams’ total? Why reward a batsman for scoring a century? Why is a bowler who has a good economy rate considered valuable? Why reward a bowler for taking five wickets in an innings? Does each wicket a bowler takes have the same value? Run outs Catches Stumpings Winning FTI MVP Extras Keep up to date with the FTI MVP with our news bulletins and RSS news feeds. Plus check out what happend when we ran the FTI MVP formula through the 2006 statistics. FTI MVP Video Find out what the experts think by clicking here To keep up to date with the England FTI MVP, visit The leader board will update at the end of each day’s play. If you have any questions or require more information about the FTI MVP, please contact MVP Goes Amateur! Fans of the PCA’s groundbreaking Most Valuable Player system will be delighted to hear that MVP has being rolled out to all amateur cricketers! That’s right, clubs and schools around the world will now be able to sign up for the professional MVP treatment, thanks to a brand new web portal in a joint initiative between the ECB and PCA. No more arguing about who is the best player on your team – the MVP formula, designed by the pros for the pros, delivers a cumulative points system that rewards every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. All your scorecard information will be processed to determine who is grinding out the match winning performances…and who is full of hot air. Please visit for all the details.