Patel makes his mark in PCA MVP Rankings

Jeetan Patel, last year’s Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player, is starting to make his presence felt in this season’s rankings.

The Bears’ New Zealand off-spinner has moved to sixth in the NatWest T20 Blast PCA MVP and 22nd in the overall rankings after a week of miserly bowling in T20 cricket.

Patel took one for 29 in his four overs in the defeat by Yorkshire Vikings at Headingley and followed up with one for 26 to help set up victory over Derbyshire  Falcons at Edgbaston and one for 17 in Tuesday’s win over Leicestershire Foxes at Grace Road.

Patel has now accumulated 74 points in T20 cricket this season and is 50 points behind Vikings all-rounder David Willey, the new leader of the competition rankings.

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.

Batsman Ed Pollock made his mark on his senior debut against Derbyshire by making 66 from 40 balls in his first competitive innings.

The Durham University left-hander earned 18 batting points and added two more – one for taking a catch and another for being on the winning side – in a healthy haul of 20 points.

All-rounder Grant Elliott is 11th in the NatWest T20 Blast rankings on 67 points with Sam Hain 23rd on 57 points, a place and a point ahead of his captain, Ian Bell, with Boyd Rankin (53rd), William Porterfield (83rd) and Colin de Grandhomme (91st).

To see the full PCA NatWest T20 Blast MVP table click here.