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Craig Named in 2021 PCA Team of the Year

The 2021 PCA Men’s Team of the Year has been decided by the PCA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings to give an ultimate XI from the 2021 domestic season.

Craig Overton is included in the XI, which is captained by Essex man Simon Harmer and is made up of star performers from the men’s domestic game, and sees a wide cross-section of players from 10 counties represented.

The cinch PCA Men’s Young Player of the Year is recognised with Harry Brook filling a spot in the team’s middle-order, whilst David Bedingham and Luke Fletcher, who like Harmer were shortlisted for the cinch PCA Men’s Player of the Year, also make the cut.

Fletcher took the most wickets in the LV= Insurance County Championship this year with 66, and the Championship’s top run-scorer, Sussex youngster Tom Haines, is also included at the top of the order after compiling 1,176 red-ball runs. At the other end of the age spectrum, 45-year-old Vitality Blast winner Darren Stevens claims one of the all-rounder spots.

The PCA Men’s Team of the Year, each of whom will receive a personalised winner’s medal, was selected via the PCA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Rankings, with a new statistical algorithm producing the Overall MVP table in 2021.

Stats correct as of Monday 27 September when the team was selected.

Jake Libby (Worcestershire)

343 Overall MVP points

1,075 Championship runs

Four red-ball hundreds

554 white-ball runs at 32.6

Tom Haines (Sussex)

282 Overall MVP points

Most Championship runs with 1,176

First to 1,000 Championship runs

Shortlisted for cinch PCA Men’s YPOTY

Ricardo Vasconcelos (wk) [Northamptonshire]

353 Overall MVP points

1,427 runs in all comps

50 dismissals in all comps

Top 10 for batting and fielding MVP points

David Bedingham (Durham, Birmingham Phoenix)

367 Overall MVP points

Most batting MVP points (315)

Career best 257 vs Derbyshire

Shortlisted for cinch PCA Men’s POTY

Harry Brook (Yorkshire, Northern Superchargers)

415 Overall MVP points

486 Blast runs (69 average, 149 SR)

189 Hundred runs at 47.3

cinch PCA Men’s YPOTY

Matt Critchley (Derbyshire, Welsh Fire)

2nd most Overall MVP points (508)

1,285 runs in all comps

48 wickets in all comps

April PCA Player of the Month

Darren Stevens (Kent)

460 Overall MVP points

Three red-ball hundreds

39 Championship wickets at 18.6

Vitality Blast champion at 45

Simon Harmer (c) [Essex]

Most Overall MVP points (600)

Most bowling MVP points (424)

37 white-ball wickets at 18.9

2 x PCA Player of the Month

Craig Overton (Somerset, Southern Brave)

430 Overall MVP points

19.5 points-per-game (highest in top 50)

42 Championship wickets

4 Championship five-fers

Luke Fletcher (Nottinghamshire, Welsh Fire)

476 Overall MVP points

2nd most bowling MVP points (420)

Most Championship wickets (66)

Shortlisted for cinch PCA Men’s POTY

Sam Cook (Essex, Trent Rockets)

418 Overall MVP points

3rd most bowling MVP points (375)

3rd most Blast wickets (20)

Shortlisted for cinch PCA Men’s YPOTY

The Overall MVP takes into account performances in the LV= Insurance County Championship, Royal London Cup, Vitality Blast and The Hundred to produce the players who had the biggest impact throughout the season in all competitions.

Over £40,000 has been shared in prize money for the top performers in the MVP across 2021, with competition prize money equal across men’s and women’s domestic cricket.

A new MVP formula was produced at the start of this season by the PCA alongside CricViz and the players for both red-ball and limited-overs cricket, with individuals who have excelled across all formats recognised in the PCA Men’s Team of the Year.

The PCA Men’s Team of the Year and first ever PCA Women’s Team of the Year make up the final two prizes of the 2021 cinch PCA Awards, which have been announced throughout the last weeks of the season, culminating with the four player-voted awards which were broadcast live on Sky Sports during day one of the Bob Willis Trophy final on Tuesday.

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