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Four-horse race in county MVP

Darren Stevens and Jeetan Patel, the top two in the overall 2014 FTI MVP, go head to head in the semi-final of the Royal London One-Day Cup with just 23 points between them.

But after a quiet week for both in the LV= County Championship, Jim Allenby and Samit Patel remain in contention with less than a month of the season remaining.

Stevens could only muster 30 runs and three wickets in Kent’s drawn match against Glamorgan at the Spitfire Ground, but he extended his lead as Patel took only 0.79 points in Warwickshire’s rain-affected match at Lord’s as he went wicketless for the first time in this championship campaign.

Stevens has scored 1,237 runs and taken 72 wickets across all formats - 757 and 47 of which have come in the championship - where he is ranked second. He topped the NatWest T20 Blast FTI MVP with 351 runs and 18 wickets.

Patel has scored 528 runs and with 93 wickets across all forms he’s the leading wicket-taker in county cricket this summer.

He is ranked third in the championship with 444 runs and 51 wickets and is currently ranked 21st in the Royal London FTI MVP with 44 runs and 25 wickets. Patel took the most wickets in the NatWest T20 Blast, finishing ninth in the T20 FTI MVP.

Allenby and Samit Patel also had moderate weeks in the latest round of championship matches but they are within 51 and 64 points respectively of Stevens, and Samit could feature prominently in Nottinghamshire’s semi-final of the Royal London Cup on Saturday.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens leads the way in the FTI MVP rankings as we head into the final straight of the season

With just two championship games remaining for Tom Smith it appears the Lancashire all-rounder will fall short in the overall race given he’s 68 points adrift of Stevens.

But in the championship FTI MVP he will hope to hold off the Kent man, over whom he holds a 42-point lead. The big mover in the championship FTI MVP this week was Adam Lyth, who is up to fourth after scoring a career-best 251 in the Roses match at Old Trafford.

Lyth is the leading run-scorer in the championship with 1,306 runs, including two double-centuries, three centuries and four fifties.

Yorkshire’s dominance of the championship is reflected by the rankings, which show eight of their players in the top 100 with Jack Brooks in seventh the competition’s leading wicket-takers with 58 scalps.

Brooks has taken only two five-wicket hauls but has chipped out three or more batsmen in an innings on 11 other occasions. Many of his victims have been top-order players and together with his new-ball partner, Ryan Sidebottom, has rarely let opposition batsmen settle. 

OVERALL COUNTY FTI MVP 

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Stevens

Kent

215.53

314.88

22

0

15

35

567

16.21

Patel

Warks

93.82

414.04

15

0

21

37

544

14.70

Allenby

Glam

283.45

193.26

22

6

11

35

516

14.73

Patel

Notts

271.58

285.86

20

0

20

35

503

14.37

Smith

Lancs

198.37

267.83

18

0

15

29

499

17.21