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Moeen collects MVP award

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali will receive his cheque for £10,000 today after winning this year’s county FTI Most Valuable Player Award.

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.

Moeen Ali receives his £10,000 winners cheque after holding off Samit Patel to top the FTI MVP rankings for the 2013 campaign

But after hitting 44 from 70 deliveries in the second innings of Worcestershire’s match against Northamptonshire at New Road, Moeen then 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 in the match, finishing with an impressive total of 600 – 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.

But despite his Notts team-mates gathering round the bat for 11 overs, he was unable to do so before the two teams settled on a draw, leaving Moeen to record the narrowest margin of victory since the inception of the FTI MVP Award in 2007.

“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,” 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."

In total, Moeen hit 2,016 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 LV= 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.

Moeen’s achievement was all the more laudable given that players in Division Two receive 20% less points than their Division One counterparts in order to reflect the respective standards.

Of the players that finished in the top 10 this year, six of them ply their trade in Division Two of the LV= County Championship and all but one were all-rounders.

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 10.

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 10.

Nottinghamshire’s Chris Read was the country’s top wicketkeeper, scoring four more points with the gloves than Durham’s Phil Mustard.

FINAL FTI MOST VALUABLE PLAYER RANKINGS TABLE 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

Gloucestershire

430.30

0.00

25

14

14.0

37

483

13.06