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Warwickshire’s former New Zealand Test off-spinner Jeetan Patel has closed the gap on Hampshire’s Liam Dawson at the top of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings to just five points.

With Dawson on international duty with England’s One Day squad, Patel took the chance to take 25 points from Warwickshire’s drawn Specsavers County Championship match against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Patel is also second in the Specsavers County Championship PCA MVP on 279 points, 53 points behind his county team-mate Keith Barker

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Patel earned 19 of those points in Durham’s first innings when he took five for 32 at economy rate of 2.09 to take his season’s aggregate of PCA MVP points to 440.

Patel is also second in the Specsavers County Championship PCA MVP on 279 points, 53 points behind his county team-mate Keith Barker, the long-time leader.

Warwickshire all-rounder Rikki Clarke is fourth in the overall PCA MVP on 403 points, with Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach third on 426.

The PCA MVP was introduced in 2007 and is designed by the players to find the cricketers who really win matches by combining all aspects of a player’s performance to give a ranking in relation to his peers.

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.

The PCA MVP leader board can be viewed here