Crook and Willey out-perform rivals in both divisions
Northamptonshire’s strong start to the season has ensured they are the only county in Division Two of the LV= County Championship to have players in the top ten of the FTI MVP rankings.
Steven Crook and David Willey lie in fourth and eighth place respectively despite those in the division receiving 20 per cent less points for their efforts.
Crook took five wickets against Glamorgan before rain deprived his team of victory and then another six in the innings victory over Essex.
Willey took three wickets in Cardiff before smashing 63 runs from 44 balls to help Northants reach 399 against Essex. In the visitors’ second innings he bagged a five-for, leaving him with match figures of 8 for 110.
Now in their seventh year, the FTI MVPs have been overhauled this season and feature a £10,000 reward for the county cricketer who scoops the top prize.
The system analyses the performances of players around the country on a like-for-like basis and awards points 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, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
Among the changes this year, however, will be more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
It will also be harder to receive a strike rate bonus in YB40 cricket, reflecting an overall increase in scoring rates for this format, and dot balls in FL20 cricket will also become more valuable.
But the most eye-catching of all is a four-fold increase in the prize-fund for the player who out-performs his contemporaries over the course of the 2013 season.
Northamptonshire’s Andrew Hall currently lies just three points outside the top ten of the FTI MVP Rankings with 41 points from the first two games.