Rankings reveal the secret behind county’s success

Cameron White may have won the plaudits in the victory over Durham, but according to the latest FTI Most Valuable Player rankings it is the county’s bowlers who have taken them to Friends Life t20 Finals Day.

Mohammad Azharullah and loanee Graeme White are first and second in the rankings after taking 41 wickets between them in the competition this summer.

With David Willey in sixth, Northants are the only county with three bowlers in the top ten.

Azharullah has taken 24 wickets, conceding just 273 runs at an economy rate of 7.03, while White has contributed a further 17 wicket at an even better rate of 5.68.

Yet given that they have scored just four runs between them it is a good job they’ve let the ball do the talking!

Richard Levi, White, and Kyle Coetzer are all comfortably in the top twenty of the batting statistics, while Coetzer has scored more fours (44) than anyone other than Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter and Hampshire’s Michael Carberry.

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 across all forms of cricket.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst dot balls are also more valuable in FLT20 games this year.

Batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit and there are more points for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total.

White’s knock, which pushed his claims for re-selection by Australia, recorded his 25th half century in T20 cricket and his third in this year’s competition.

He is now 12th in the batting rankings and 32nd overall when all three disciplines are factored in.