Raine closing the gap at the top of the MVP between himself and leader Denly.

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The race for the PCA Overall County MVP is getting tighter at the top with Leicestershire’s Ben Raine chasing down Joe Denly of Kent who has already scooped the One-Day Cup MVP award.

Denly is sitting on 374.74 points and is closely followed by Raine who has 372.46 MVP points, with the pair going blow-for-blow with standout performances across all formats of the domestic game.

Both recently came up against each other in the latest round of County Championship fixtures with Raine coming out on top as Leicestershire thrashed Kent.

In a packed month of cricket, switching between red and white ball, it is Jofra Archer who is really starting to hit some form and make moves up the MVP Rankings.

The young pace bowler has turned in two match winning performances with the ball picking up 80 points in two games. With the Vitality Blast heating up he could soon break into the top ten.

The MVP formula was designed by the players to identify the match-winners and key influencers of matches throughout the domestic and international season.

The player who tops the overall PCA County MVP Rankings at the end of the season receives a £10,000 reward.

Perhaps the biggest blow from the County Championship fixtures came to Liam Livingstone who has suffered a fractured thumb. The Lancashire Captain has been in fine form this summer, sitting fifth in the Overall Rankings, but due to the injury picked up in the Roses clash he will be out of action for some time.

Livingstone has been the stand-out player in the Blast this season, leading the way with 122 points, and also topping the run-scoring chart with 288 next to his name. However, this break will undoubtedly see him slide down the table.

Ian Bell continues to delight everyone with his abundance of batting talents, scoring another big hundred in the Blast to take him into the top five of the MVP Rankings in the 20-over competition, and top ten overall.

He has two centuries already in the shortest format, with his latest score of 131 coming off just 62 balls. He is another one who could soon muscle his way up the Rankings.

Encouragingly for England and Durham, Ben Stokes is looking back to his best and in full fitness as he geared up for the Test series with India by taking eight wickets against Gloucestershire. He also turned in another match-winning performance in the Blast, taking 4-16 and hitting 43, he is always a man challenging at the top of the England PCA Rankings.

Matt Henry still leads the County Championship Rankings and Kent confirmed he will be back over playing for the team towards the end of the season. The Kiwi has 226 points to his name, and will play Kent’s final five fixtures from the end of August. He could still claim the overall crown if he picks up from where he left off.

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