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Stevens on course to retain his FP t20 MVP award

Monday 21st June 2010

By Sam Dixon

With the Friends Provident t20 season now in full-swing, there is a familiar face leading the race for this season“s Most Valuable Player as Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens (pictured) is looking well set to retain the title he won in 2009.
The 34 year-old has been the county“s most consistent performer in all forms of the game this season, and he has finally been recognised by the national selectors having received a call-up to the England Lions squad to take part in a triangular one-day series against India A and West Indies next month.

Continuing to make his name as the best t20 player in the country, Stevens has made another fine start to this season“s campaign. This year, captain Rob Key has thrown the new ball to the former Leicestershire man in every game and he hasn“t disappointed taking eight wickets, with a canny knack of striking in his first over, with a respectable economy rate of 6.74 runs per over.

Stevens has also continued to perform heroics with the bat. The right-hander has struck 212 runs at a strike rate of 1.42 runs per ball, a tally that includes 14 fours and nine sixes with five scores over thirty. His highest knock of 52 not out came in the four wicket defeat against the Sussex Sharks at Tunbridge Wells earlier in the month.

The Lions star is the only English player in the top four as he is being hunted down by West Indian t20 specialist Kieron Pollard, who struck 89 off 45 balls on his Somerset Sabres debut, Sri Lankan legend Chaminda Vaas, who has already taken 12 wickets for the Northants Steelbacks, and injured Dutch master blaster Ryan ten Doeschate, who is the top-run scorer in the competition so far having hit 295 runs for the Essex Eagles.

Picture:Sarah Ansell