Andy Umeed’s century for Warwickshire in the drawn Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Edgbaston earned him a career-best haul of points in the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings.
The Academy graduate blunted a Lancashire attack that included Jimmy Anderson and the experimental pink ball in an innings that spanned the three days of the match on which cricket was played.
Umeed’s second first-class century earned him 26 PCA MVP rankings points.cite=
Umeed was eventually dismissed LBW by Stephen Parry an hour into the third day having batted for almost eight-and-a-quarter hours for his 113, including a century in seven hours and nine minutes.
Umeed’s second first-class century – he made his first on championship debut against Durham last season – was not enough to secure Warwickshire’s first win of the season as rain wiped out the last day, but it earned him 26 rankings points.
Umeed’s haul of PCA MVP points more than trebled his previous aggregate for the season and was one more than he earned for his century against Durham last season.
The PCA MVP Rankings system identifies the match-winners and key influencers of matches throughout the domestic season.
The formula takes into account conditions, quality of opposition, captaincy and strike-rates as well as runs scored and wickets taken.
Former England batsman Jonathan Trott is Warwickshire’s highest-ranked player in this season’s overall PCA MVP in 35th place on 179 points with all-rounders Rikki Clarke and Keith Barker 45th and 46th respectively.
The Bears New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan, who won the PCA MVP title for the second time in three seasons last year, is in 52nd place on 155 points with Warwickshire captain Ian Bell six places further back.
In the County Championship rankings, Trott is also Warwickshire’s highest-placed player in 27th with 119 points with Barker 44th on 106 points and Patel a place and a point behind him.
Clarke is Warwickshire’s best-performing player in the all-time PCA MVP having accrued 3,819 points all formats since the system was introduced in 2007.
Clarke is sixth in the all-time list with only Samit Patel, Darren Stevens, Peter Trego, Jim Allenby and Marcus Trescothick above him.
Clarke is seventh in the all-time County Championship PCA MVP points table with 2,250 with Stevens, the Kent all-rounder, heading the list with 2,674 points.