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Stevens holds off Roy in T20 MVP thriller

Jason Roy’s pyrotechnics in Surrey’s semi-final of the NatWest T20 Blast were not enough to see his side through to the final, nor could they quite propel him to victory in the T20 FTI MVP.

Roy made 58 off 25 balls against the Birmingham Bears, his ninth fifty of a brilliant campaign, but he fell agonizingly 1.5 points short of Kent Spitfires veteran Darren Stevens.

Stevens repeated his 2009 victory by scoring 351 runs and taking 18 wickets but in a victory of such small margins it was also the little things - like the two run-outs he affected - that got him over the line.

Stevens’ consistency in T20 has been quite remarkable. Since his 2009 victory he has finished in the top 10 of the T20 FTI MVP in five out of six campaigns and is the leading points-scorer in the history of the T20 MVP.

Roy’s 677 runs were by some distance the most in the competition and he scored them at the impressive rate of 157 per 100 balls, too. He contributed a whopping 29% of Surrey’s runs and lit up the Kia Oval throughout the competition. The right-hander hit 77 fours - the most in the tournament - and 27 sixes.

Kent Spitfires all-rounder Darren Stevens won the T20 FTI MVP award for the second time, despite being knocked out in the group stages

Glamorgan’s Jim Allenby came third with 548 runs and seven wickets. He scored his runs at 138 per 100 balls and he contributed over a quarter of his team’s total.

Luke Wright, who won the inaugural T20 MVP back in 2007 when the rankings began, clubbed 56 fours and 28 sixes in making 601 runs at the rate of 162 per 100 balls in this year’s campaign.

Wright was the second leading run-scorer in the competition behind Roy and finished fourth in the T20 FTI MVP.

Winning Birmingham Bears’ skipper Varun Chopra finished fifth after scoring 525 runs at the rate of 122 per 100 balls.

He made five fifties, hitting 46 fours and 13 sixes in contributing 22.07% of the Bears’ runs. The right-hander played a vital part in the field with his tactics and game-awareness and earned 10 points for winning 10 games as captain.

NATWEST T20 BLAST FTI MVP

 

County

Batting

Bowling

Fielding

Captain

Wins

Played

Points

Average

Stevens

Spitfires

82.71

100.85

8

0

6

14

198

14.11

Roy

Surrey

182.99

-1.60

5

0

10

15

196

13.09

Allenby

Dragons

138.56

35.64

4

6

6

14

190

13.59

Wright

Sharks

171.14

0

5

0

6

14

182

13.01

Chopra

Bears

132.61

0

9

10

10

15

152

10.77

Previous T20 winners                               Points

2013       David Willey                                       160                                        

2012       Dimitri Mascarenhas                       112

2011       Andrew McDonald                          222

2010       Chaminda Vaas                                 226

2009       Darren Stevens                                 143

2008       Graham Napier                                 173

2007       Luke Wright                                        111