Monday, September 26th, 2016

Leach Finishes Fourth In Pca Most Valuable Player Rankings

Leach Finishes Fourth In Pca Most Valuable Player Rankings

Joe Leach's superb season for Worcestershire is reflected in his final high placing in the Professional Cricketers' Association Most Valuable Player rankings for the 2016 campaign.

The all-rounder finished fourth in the Overall Rankings encompassing all competitions and also fourth in the Specsavers County Championship ratings.

It is a second successive top 10 finish in the MVP Overall Rankings for Leach.

The 25-year-old ended this summer with 94 wickets across all formats in addition to 841 runs batting primarily at number eight.

He sealed his top four spot after a superb end to the season with his 107 and match figures of 7-108 in the Championship win over Derbyshire at New Road.

Leach ended as the leading wicket-taker in the country in Division Two of the Championship with 65 victims – including five five-wicket hauls – plus 583 runs.

Brett D'Oliveira (46th), Daryl Mitchell (69th) and Joe Clarke (90th) were the next three highest placed Worcestershire players in the Overall Rankings.

Warwickshire off-spinner Jeetan Patel has won his second PCA MVP title in three years. Patel, who has been recalled by New Zealand for their current tour of India, took 102 wickets across all forms of the game, 69 of which were taken in the Championship.

Patel has taken more than 50 wickets in each of the last five Championship campaigns but this season has been his most prolific.

He played every Championship match for Ian Bell’s side averaging 22.26 points per game to finish third in the Championship MVP.

He went one place higher in the Royal London One Day Cup MVP courtesy of 22 wickets, which helped the Bears to their Lord’s triumph.

Patel’s closest challenger was Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan who finished the season with 1263 runs and 62 wickets across all forms.

Durham opener Keaton Jennings finished third overall. He was the leading run-scorer in the Championship with 1548 runs and across all forms scored exactly 2000.

The MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held – and, how well they do it. A player achieves bonus points based in certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:

Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points

Batting: The basis of the batting points take into account runs scored, the rate scored at, and the percentage of the team's total. Batting bonus points are achieved for reaching a century, achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20), and scoring over 30% of a team's runs

Bowling: The basis for the bowling points take into account the number of wickets and economy rates. Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen Bowling bonus points are achieved for achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. fewer than six runs per over in Twenty20), taking five or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.

Fielding: Points are accumulated for catches, run outs – direct hits, run outs – assists, stumpings, with bonuses for five fielding dismissals in an innings.

Captaincy: A captain of a winning side will receive one bonus point.

Winning teams: All members of a winning team receive one bonus point.