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COLLINGWOOD TURNS BACK THE CLOCK Paul Collingwood, the Durham club and four-day captain, is approaching his 39th birthday, but if this week’s performance in Taunton is anything to go by, his powers are far from on the wane. Collingwood put the skids under Somerset’s first innings, with 5-57 before scoring an unbeaten 109 from 145 balls to take control of the match and amass 50.54 MVP points, which sees him take an early lead in the Rankings. Collingwood was last year’s top performer in the Royal London Cup, scoring 427 runs with a strike rate of 104 runs per 100 balls – and taking 14 wickets with an economy rate of 3.94 runs per over. In an England context he topped the overall, ODI and T20 Rankings in 2007/08 and the ODI Rankings in 2009/10. Many cricket fans had thought his international retirement after the Ashes success of 2010/11 would bring an overall halt to his career but he seems intent on trying to repeat Durham’s LV County Championship (LV=CC) of two summers ago. Jack Brooks is in second spot after taking nine Worcestershire wickets in Yorkshire’s victory at New Road. Brooks finished last season’s LV=CC MVP campaign in 7th, with 68 wickets and he picked up from where he left off, with 5-56 and 4-28 as the Champions won by 10 wickets. He also weighed in with 26 runs. Worcestershire gave as good as they got in the first half of the match, though, with Gareth Andrew seeming to have put his injury woes of last season behind him. The Worcestershire all-rounder was one of the top performers in county cricket in 2011 when he finished 2nd overall, 6th in the T20 and 7th in the LV=CC MVP and, he looked to be approaching that kind of form against Yorkshire, contributing a half century and then taking 5-85 with the ball. Ajmal Shazad and Scott Borthwick completed the top five. Shazad scored 63 runs and took six wickets for his new county Sussex, who ran out winners against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl, while Borthwick notched scores of 94 and 51 not out for Durham at Taunton. OVERALL MVP PLAYER BAT BOWL FIELD CAPT WINS PLAYED POINTS AV PTS Collingwood 21.77 25.77 1 1 1 1 51 50.54 Brooks 3.45 42.46 1 0 1 1 48 47.91 Andrew 14.00 23.38 0 0 1 0 37 37.38 Shahzad 8.80 25.46 0 0 1 1 35 35.26 Borthwick 32.39 -1.35 3 0 1 1 35 35.04 For more information on the MVP ranking system please visit For more info on this release contact Dave Fulton on 07742106991, or Jason Ratcliffe at the PCA on 07768 558 050 or The Formula The 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 in 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 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 achieved 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 {{ak_sharing}}