Birmingham Bears’ skipper Ian Bell has finished seventh in the Professional Cricketer’s Association (PCA) Most Valuable Player (MVP) rankings for the NatWest T20 Blast.
Bell finished on 139 tournament points after scoring 489 runs in 13 innings for the Bears at an average of 40.75 for in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast, including five 50s and a top score of 80 against Notts Outlaws at Edgbaston in July.
All-rounder Rikki Clarke was the next best Bear in the MVP rankings in 24th place with 112 points after taking 15 wickets in the group stages.
Glamorgan’s Colin Ingram topped the MVP rankings with an impressive 194 points, including 39 points from the Welsh county’s final group match against Essex Eagles when he plundered his maiden T20 century from just 56 balls.
The revised MVP formula gives full credit to those players whose performances improve their team’s chances of winning. Points are accrued for all runs scored and wickets taken; these are then adjusted within the context of the match to take into account strike rates and economy rates.
Runs gain more points if they are scored quickly or in low-scoring contests. Top order wickets taken at the start of the innings are judged more valuable than those that fall later, and bowlers who bowl their overs cheaply (in the context of the match) are given due reward for doing so.
The weightings in the revised formula have been scaled so as to provide continuity with previous seasons, ensuring that the value of an MVP point this year is equivalent to those allocated under previous formulae.