Michael Lumb’s unbeaten double century against Derbyshire produced one of the highest scores of the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings so far this season.
The batsman hit 221 runs off 291 balls in the rain-affected draw at Trent Bridge to produce just over 50 per cent of Nottinghamshire’s runs and help himself to 48.53 points.
His performance was over twenty points higher than his previous best in the competition this summer and took him up to 15th overall in the table, eleven places behind team-mate Samit Patel.
Patel produced a superb all-round performance against Warwickshire in the weekend’s YB40 fixture, taking a wicket, holding a catch and running out Tim Ambrose before blasting 129 runs in 123 balls, to earn 39.79 MVP points.
He is now fourth in the overall table on 244 points, 12 behind new leader Chris Jordan of Sussex.
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.