Kent’s Darren Stevens produced the outstanding individual performance of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship fixtures, moving up to second place in the PCA’s Championship Most Valuable Player Rankings as a result.
The 43-year-old’s career best score of 237 in the first innings came at more than a run per ball, and helped to rescue his side from 39-5 to 482-8 declared. Stevens struck 28 fours and nine sixes, whilst compiling 346 for Kent’s sixth wicket – a county record.
The all-rounder then went on to take 5 wickets for only 20 runs – including each of the opposition top four – in the last innings to win the game.
His 91.48 MVP point haul is the best recorded by the PCA’s algorithm in a single fixture so far this season, overtaking Ravi Ashwin’s 81.53 for Nottinghamshire back in July.
Stevens has shot up to second position in the Championship MVP, sitting 60 points below Essex’s Simon Harmer in first, and up to eleventh in the cross-format Overall MVP.
The Overall MVP will pocket a prize of £10,000 at the end of the season, courtesy of the PCA. Last year, Kent’s Joe Denly picked up the Overall MVP prize, racking up 579.36 points at an average of 15.25.
Essex spinner Harmer is one of four realistic contenders for the Overall MVP going into the last round of Championship fixtures next week.
Harmer already has the format-specific Championship MVP all but wrapped up. Even if he was to score zero points in the season finale at Taunton, it would be a tough ask for ‘Stevo’ to make up the 60 MVP point deficit that currently exists between first and second.
But then again, it is Darren Stevens.
Article courtesy of the PCA