Century at Edgbaston takes all-rounder into overall top ten
David Willey’s stunning 167 at Edgbaston produced the highest individual score in the FTI Most Valuable Player Rankings for YB40 this season.
The all-rounder’s maiden senior century, which came off just 101 balls and made up the equivalent of 51.54 per cent of his team’s total, propelled Northants to a crushing 125-run win over the Warwickshire Bears.
In the process, he picked up 40.85 batting points. He then returned to take 7.6 bowling points for his 1-16 off four overs, as well as a point for playing and another for winning.
His total of 49.45 was fractionally higher than the 49.26 accumulated by Essex’s Ryan ten Doeschate for his 180 against Scotland in the opening round of YB40 fixtures in June.
It also took him to eighth in the overall FTI MVP table with less than a month to go until the end of the season.
The FTI MVPs, which reward players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held, will see the ultimate winner scoop £10,000, as well as the honour of being county’s cricket’s best performing professional.
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.
Earlier this month Willey finished top of the rankings for Friends Life t20 cricket, with Mohammad Azharullah and Richard Levi both featuring in the top ten too.