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Onions bags MVP

Durham’s Graham Onions has capped an impressive start to the 2013 campaign by winning the award for the top performer in the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.

The 30-year-old bowler bagged 18 wickets at an economy rate of 3.30 per over, including five in the first innings against Yorkshire.

Of his victims, all but five were top-order batsman, ensuring greater yields in the MVP system, which analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis.

The 92 ranking points he accumulated were five more than his nearest challenger, Somerset’s Alviro Petersen, and seven more than Durham’s Ben Stokes, who ended April in third position.

The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize at the end of the season, award points for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and dismissing the top order, while batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.

There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50% of a team’s total, for top-order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.