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Smith leads championship rankings

Tom Smith’s match-winning feats were in evidence once again this week as he steered Lancashire to the narrowest of LV= County Championship victories over Durham at Emirates Old Trafford.

Lancashire needed just 107 in the last innings of the match to leapfrog their relegation rivals but found themselves 90 for nine as their top-order was blown away on a well-worn pitch.

Smith, though, found a useful ally in number 11 Simon Kerrigan and together they inched their way over the line. Smith’s innings of 35 not out was 32.71% of the Lancashire total (which earns bonus points under the Most Valuable Player formula) and he earned 40 MVP ranking points from the game, which had seen him take 5-45 in Durham’s first innings and score 44 in Lancashire’s first batting effort.

In the LV= Coutny Championship, Smith has scored 684 runs - including five fifties - and taken 53 wickets - which has seen him open up a 37-point lead in the LV=CC FTI MVP and helped propel him to fifth overall, a fine achievement especially as he’s sat out Lancashire’s Royal London One-Day Cup matches.

Tom Smith's match-wining heroics helped Lancashire jump out of the championship drop zone and take him to the top of the MVP rankings

In the overall FTI MVP Darren Stevens and Jeetan Patel continue to slug it out like a couple of heavyweight boxers.

Stevens landed blows with the bat in a losing cause against Hampshire scoring 64 off 68 balls in Kent’s first innings and 74 off 81 balls in the second. He’s now scored 1194 runs and taken 68 wickets across all forms, 727 and 44 of which have come in the championship.

Patel counterpunched with the ball against Somerset, scoring more points with 4-81 and 4-64 as Warwickshire kept up their championship challenge. The off-spinner has now taken 88 wickets across all forms, 51 of which have come in the four-day game.

Stevens’ championship numbers should compare favourably to Patel’s especially as he has taken five five-fers to Patel’s one and he’s scored nearly 300 more runs with little difference in their batting strike rates (Stevens’ 0.75 to Patel’s 0.82) but under the MVP formula Stevens loses 20% of his championship total because he plays in the lower division.

Stevens is third in the championship’s FTI MVP, 13 points behind Patel. In the overall race as the table below shows Stevens leads Patel by 20 points.

Stevens will also be hoping to hold on to the lead in the NatWest T20 Blast FTI MVP.

He is 19 points clear of Surrey’s Jason Roy in fourth, who is one of only three players in the top 10 who have made it through to Finals Day. Patel and Birmingham Bears’ colleague Varun Chopra are the others but they are back in ninth and 10th and are 53 points adrift of Stevens.

Paul Collingwood, meanwhile, has extended his lead in the Royal London One-Day Cup FTI MVP.

The former England all-rounder has shown all his experience in carving out 344 runs and taking 10 wickets. His strike rate of 108 runs per 100 balls and economy rate of 3.97 are impressive and he has contributed 19% of Durham’s competition runs including 113 off 92 balls against Somerset at Taunton.

Daryl Mitchell is the country’s leading run-scorer with 1832 runs across all forms but Luke Wright has earned more batting points for his 1612 runs by virtue of the fact his championship runs are scored in a higher division and his strike rates are far higher in all three competitions.

Patel leads the way with the ball having taken two more wickets than his nearest rival, Michael Hogan, who has 86. Alfonso Thomas is third with 66 across all forms.

OVERALL COUNTY FTI MVP

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Stevens

Kent

210.66

299.90

18

0

14

32

543

16.96

Patel

Warks

91.05

398.73

15

0

18

32

523

16.34

Allenby

Glam

271.99

184.01

22

6

10

33

494

14.97

Patel

Notts

271.58

155.31

18

0

18

32

463

14.47

Smith

Lancs

179.07

248.63

15

0

13

25

456

18.23

 

Previous winners                                         Points

2013       Moeen Ali                                          600                        

2012       Peter Trego                                        501

2011       Marcus Trescothick                            597

2010       Neil Carter                                         643

2009       Marcus Trescothick                            632

2008       Martin Van Jaarsveld                          553

2007       Ottis Gibson                                      736