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MVP goes right to the wire

A match-winning performance by Moeen Ali means that the race to win this year’s FTI Most Valuable Player Award will go down to the final day of the season.

The Worcestershire star had appeared to have surrendered the honour - and the £10,000 prize money that goes with it - in spite of finishing as the highest run-scorer in the LV= County Championship this summer.

His closest rival, Nottinghamshire’s Samit Patel, regained the lead at the top of the rankings in early September, before cementing his place with three wickets in nine balls against Glamorgan as his county lifted the Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy at Lord’s.

Samit Patel had appeared to have wrapped up the FTI MVP award with his Yorkshire Bank 40 final heroics at Lord'sYet with a twist in the tale that will ensure this year’s fight will be the closest since the award began in 2007, Moeen has come off the ropes in a remarkable comeback.

After hitting 40 off 70 balls in Worcestershire’s second innings at New Road, he helped skittle his newly-promoted opponents Northamptonshire for 141 by taking 6-77, his best return in the championship this season.

Coupled with the points he gained in first innings, the performance ensured he earned 38.59 points in the match and finished the season with an impressive total of 600 points - seven clear of Patel as things stand.

But with Patel at the wicket and seven runs not out overnight attention now turns to Trent Bridge where a game drifting towards a draw has added spice for one of its participants at least.

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.

OVERALL FTI MOST VALUABLE PLAYER POINTS 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

300.16

238.16

35

0

20.0

41

593

14.47

Darren Stevens

Kent

296.83

199.10

24

0

11.0

37

531

14.36

James Allenby

Glamorgan

327.54

158.74

26

0

15.0

37

527

14.25

Graham Napier

Essex

182.52

295.19

17

0

19.0

40

514

12.84

Ben Stokes

Durham

242.50

222.77

25

0

20.0

36

510

14.17

Peter Trego

Somerset

291.18

174.55

15

0

15.0

37

496

13.40

Michael Klinger

Gloucestershire

430.30

0.00

25

14

14.0

37

483

13.06

Scott Borthwick

Durham

277.89

143.47

37

0

23.0

39

481

12.34

Michael Hogan

Glamorgan

42.35

398.26

18

0

16.0

36

475

131.9