Copeland regains the lead

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Northants star’s Hampshire haul takes him top of FTI MVP rankings

Trent Copeland has regained the lead at the top of the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings after taking four wickets on day two of Northamptonshire’s game against Hampshire.

The Australian returned 4-49 in 28 overs to take his LV=CC County Championship haul to 27 wickets already this season, at an economy rate of just 2.06.

The 17.86 MVP points it earned him were enough to take him five points clear of Somerset’s Peter Trego in the overall rankings table for the first time since the start of May.

His achievement is all the more admirable given that players in Division Two receive 20 per cent less points than their counterparts in Division One in order to reflect the quality of the opposition they face.

Copeland and team mate Steven Crook, who lies third in the table, are two of only three players in the top ten who play their four day cricket in Division Two.

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.

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