Steven Finn is currently the Most Valuable Player in county cricket according to the FTI MVP Rankings. The Middlesex fast bowler is the leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship (LV=CC) with 23 wickets having helped himself to eight more in the win over Yorkshire this week. Finn claimed 4-50 and 4-89, including England colleague Joe Root in each innings. He has taken at least four wickets in each innings in which he’s bowled this season and while he’s conceded his runs at 3.81 runs per over, he’s taken a wicket on average every 27 balls to give Chris Rogers’ attack a real cutting edge.
Speaking of the skipper, his extraordinary knock of 241 not out, which led Middlesex to the third highest successful chase in the long history of the County Championship, also happens to be the third largest points-haul for an individual performance since the MVP Rankings began back in 2007. Rogers earned 50.67 points for the innings, which sees him climb into the top ten for the first time this season.
Sam Robson (24th) and Tim Murtagh (30th) also figure prominently in the Rankings.
For a list of the overall top 100 players please click here: http://www.thepca.co.uk/competition-rankings.html?comp=overall
The winner of the overall FTI MVP receives a cheque for £10,000 courtesy of FTI Consulting
The FTI MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held - and, how well they do it. A player achieves bonus points based in certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:
Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points
Batting: The basis of the batting points take into account runs scored, the rate scored at, and the percentage of the team's total. Batting bonus points are achieved for reaching a century, achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20), and scoring over 30% of a team's runs
Bowling: The basis for the bowling points take into account the number of wickets and economy rates. Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen Bowling bonus points are achieved for achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. fewer than 6 runs per over in Twenty20), taking 5 or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.
Fielding: Points are accumulated for catches, run outs - direct hits, run outs – assists, stumpings, with bonuses for 5 fielding dismissals in an innings.
Captaincy: A captain of a winning side will receive one bonus point
Winning teams: All members of a winning team receive one bonus point
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