Copeland takes Top Spot from Crook

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Trent Copeland has replaced fellow Northants seamer Steven Crook at the top of the national FTI MVP rankings after claiming his third five wicket haul in as many matches.

The Australian star followed up his match-winning 10 for 113 against Kent with 5 for 32 in the rain-affected fixture against Sussex to register another 29.60 bowling points.

The total was enough to knock fellow Aussie Crook back to third in the table and replace Essex’s Graham Napier at the summit.

Copeland, who returns to action against Leicestershire on Wednesday, is currently averaging 22.30 points per match which is higher than any player in the top ten other than Middlesex’s Sam Robson.

The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize at the end of the season, award 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.

There are now 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 is also 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.

David Willey was the top performing player at Wantage Road last year, finishing the season in 43rd place overall after amassing 292 points with the bat and ball.

OVERALL FTI MVP POINTS 2013

Player    County    Batting    Bowling    Field    Capt    Wins    Plyd    Pts    Ave
Trent Copeland    Northants    14.31    108.92    8    0    3.0    6    134    22.30
Graham Napier    Essex    81.75    43.86    2    0    3.0    7    130    18.63
Steven Crook    Northants    34.05    88.09    2    0    3.0    6    128    21.26
Ben Stokes    Durham    32.84    73.11    8    0    3.0    8    117    14.62
Sam Robson    Middlesex    108.82    0.00    1    0    2.0    4    112    27.95
Peter Trego    Somerset    36.54    71.27    2    0    2.0    6    112    18.64
Chris Rushworth    Durham    8.31    98.16    2    0    3.0    8    111    13.93
Phil Mustard    Durham    74.69    0.00    33    0    3.0    8    111    13.84
Steve Davies    Surrey    91.57    0.00    16    0    1.0    6    109    18.09
Chris Jordan    Sussex    6.85    89.39    8    0    2.0    5    106    21.25

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