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Cook clear in MVP lead

England captain Alastair Cook is the new leader of the County FTI MVP rankings after scoring his second century of the season, which came against Surrey at the Kia Oval. Cook’s second-innings 127 followed his 181 versus Derbyshire at Chelmsford last week.

He has racked up 382 runs from his four innings, which is 100 more than the next leading run-getter: James Vince.

Cook has contributed 35.27% of Essex’s LV= County Championship runs and he is understandably delighted with his form after a tough time in the winter.

“To have been able to work at my game with Paul Grayson away from the spotlight and without the pressure to perform and score runs has been great,” Cook said.

“To get two hundreds at the start of the season, especially in April, is pleasing and to put Essex in strong positions in games is important. The most important thing for me personally is I’ve gone back to hitting the ball nicely.”

Prior to the start of the county season, Cook had not scored a hundred since the Test series against New Zealand 11 months ago.

Cook has never figured prominently on the County FTI MVP due to his England commitments, but he did win the overall England FTI MVP in 2011. He also won the Test FTI MVP in 2010-11 and 2012-13 and the ODI FTI MVP in 2011 and 2011-12.

Interestingly he scores his runs in Test cricket at around 50 per 100 balls (although this rate dropped to 46 per 100 in the most recent Ashes) but has scored his county runs this term at 60 per 100 balls.

Alastair Cook registered his second hundred in two LV= County Championship contests to go top of the County FTI MVP standings

Ed Joyce drops to second as Sussex enjoyed a week off. The Sussex captain earned a whopping 73.27 points - the sixth-highest in MVP history - against Warwickshire in round two courtesy of a hundred in each innings (117 and 151 not out).

His 280 runs have come at the rate of 69 runs per 100 balls, which has helped give his bowlers time to complete two victories.

Steven Finn, who like Joyce was without cricket this week, also drops a place to third. The big mover in this week’s top 10 is Gloucestershire’s Will Gidman, who returned match figures of 9-84 against Glamorgan.

Gidman’s all-round abilities have seen him compete in the last three LV=CC FTI MVP campaigns. His best finish was 12th in 2011 when he scored 1,006 runs and took 51 wickets.

He backed that up with 447 runs and 44 wickets in coming 26th in 2012 and 401 runs and 50 wickets in 2013 when he came 28th.

Gidman has played most of his championship cricket in Division Two so he is hampered by the 20% points adjustment that affects all second-tier performances.

Tim Groenewald completes the top five. The Derbyshire bowling all-rounder, who has finished in the top 40 in the last two overall campaigns, has scored a brace of fifties and taken a five-for from his two matches.

He has scored 110 runs and taken 10 wickets, which illustrates that the more ways a player can impact a game the more FTI MVP Rankings points he will accrue.

OVERALL FTI MVP

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Cook

Essex

82.99

0

2

0

1

2

86

43.00

Joyce

Sussex

70.86

0

5

2

2

2

80

39.93

Finn

Middx

9.44

65.40

0

0

1

2

76

37.92

Gidman W

Glos

9.50

65.89

0

0

1

2

75

37.70

Groenewald

Derby

20.20

48.31

0

0

0

2

69

34.25