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Rayner narrowly misses top spot

Ollie Rayner’s performance against Surrey was the second-highest points return in the history of the FTI Most Valuable Player Rankings.

The off-spinner produced the best match figures of the summer to earn a 146-run victory for Middlesex - but missed out on top spot in the MVPs by less than a point.

His haul of 80.81 ranking points, which included bowling figures of 15-118, 32 runs and three catches, was the highest in a championship match for five years.

It was only beaten by the 0.68 extra points former Kent player Martin van Jaarsveld gathered in hitting 229 runs, taking 5-33 and contributing two catches against the same opponents in June 2008.

The FTI MVPs 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.

Rayner is now 15th in the MVP bowling rankings for the LV= County Championship and 16th overall, eight places behind his county colleague and fellow bowler Tim Murtagh.

MOST FTI MVP POINTS IN A MATCH

PLAYER

COUNTY

DATE

OPPONENTS

PERFORMANCE

POINTS

Martin van Jaarsveld

Kent

29/06/08

Surrey

229 runs, 5-33 & 2 catches

81.59

Ollie Rayner

Middlesex

03/09/13

Surrey

15-118, 32 runs & 3 catches

80.81

Chris Woakes

Warwickshire

31/08/10

Kent

11-97 & 81 runs

79.69

Marcus Trescothick

Somerset

24/05/11

Yorkshire

340 runs & 2 catches

71.80

Abdur Rehman

Somerset

11/09/12

Worcestershire

14-101, 7 runs & 1 catch

65.75

Chris Woakes

Warwickshire

14/04/11

Somerset

129 runs & 9-101

62.64

James Anderson

Lancashire

21/04/09

Sussex

11-109, 9 runs & 1 catch

62.25

Murali Kartik

Somerset

04/06/10

Warwickshire

11-72, 43 runs & 1 catch

61.18

Andre Adams

Nottinghamshire

14/04/11

Hampshire

11-85, 37 runs & 1 catch

61.07

Monty Panesar

Sussex

21/08/12

Somerset

13-137 & 20 runs

60.64