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Vaas leads FTI MVP FPt20 race

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Chaminda Vaas

Chaminda Vaas continues to lead the FPI FPt20 MVP standings after putting in a string of good performances for Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Chaminda Vaas remains at the top of the FTI FPt20 MVP after continuing to flourish with bat and ball for Northamptonshire Steelbacks.

The 36-year-old, who has taken 400 wickets in one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, has been a revelation at the top of the order for the Steelbacks, while maintaining his ability to take wickets with the new ball.

He has contributed 366 runs - 20% of Northants' in the competition thus far - and taken 21 wickets, while operating at an economy rate of just 6.26 runs per over.

Vaas’ performances have seen him open up 38-point lead over nearest rival Kieron Pollard at the top of the FTI FPt20 MVP standings.

The Somerset Sabres all-rounder, who is one of world cricket’s most dangerous Twenty20 players, got his campaign off to a flyer with an unbeaten 45-ball 89 against Middlesex Panthers at Lord’s.

His performances have since been more low key, although he has produced several cameos in scoring 264 runs, including an incredible 23 sixes.

Meanwhile, he is among the top five leading wicket takers in the competition with 22 scalps.

Nottignhamshire Outlaws' Samit Patel and Sean Ervine of Hampshire Royals make up third and fourth place, while Ervine's team-mate Jimmy Adams, who is the competition’s leading scorer with 551 runs from 14 matches, is fifth.

FTI overall MVP Adil Rashid continues to put distance between himself and the chasing pack.

The leg-spinner has been instrumental in helping Yorkshire to the top of LV= County Championship Division One and now leads the FTI LV=CC MVP having taken nine wickets against Warwickshire last week.

Across all cricket he has scored 591 runs and taken 70 wickets.