Jamie Shortlisted for PCA Player of the Month for August
Jamie Overton’s outstanding recent form has seen him shortlisted for the Professional Cricketers’ Association Player of the Month for August.
His is joined in that list by Worcestershire and England all-rounder Moeen Ali, Joe Denly from Kent, and Benny Howell of Gloucestershire.
The four players topped the PCA Most Valuable Player Rankings in August for domestic cricket.
The winner will now be decided by supporters through a vote which can be accessed by clicking here as well as on the Sky Sports app and website. Voting is now open and will close at 5pm tomorrow (Wednesday September 5th).
The MVP formula provides a more rigorous analysis of player performances than traditional batting and bowling averages, the algorithm gives full credit to those players whose performances improve their team’s chances of winning.
Points are accrued for all runs scored and wickets taken. These are then adjusted within the context of the match to take into account strike rates and economy rates.
Runs gain more points if they are scored quickly or in low-scoring contests. Top order wickets are judged more valuable than those that fall later. Catches, run-outs and stumpings are also accounted for, as well as bonus points for captains and players who are on the victorious side.
With the rankings creating the shortlist for the PCA Player of the Month, it is up to supporters to vote for the eventual winner and here are the contenders:
The Somerset fast bowler has had a resurgent August which has seen him as statistically the third best player of the month according to the MVP Rankings.
After a series of injuries in recent years, August was the month that saw him back to his best, taking 27 wickets and ending with 124 points.
Taking scalps with regularity throughout the month, the Vitality Blast quarter-final was a standout clash with Overton taking his first-ever five-wicket haul in white-ball cricket to beat Notts Outlaws and secure a place at Finals Day. Overton then followed that up with taking four for 25 as Somerset overcame Yorkshire in the Specsavers County Championship.
Moeen topped the domestic MVP Rankings for August with 174 points after a string of impressive displays for Worcestershire.
Nobody has secured more MVP points in one calendar month in 2018 which was largely made possible due to a double century and eight wickets in the County Championship victory over Yorkshire. That one game alone produced 81 points for Moeen, again, a record for domestic cricket in 2018.
The all-rounder captained the Pears in all of his six games in August, winning five which included smashing 115 off 56 balls against Birmingham in the Vitality Blast and helping guide them to Finals Day.
The Kent batsman’s leg-spin has turned him into a genuine all-rounder in 2018 with the 32-year-old consolidating a huge lead in the Overall MVP Rankings thanks to an impressive August.
Obtaining 137 points, Denly had another consistent month with bat and ball which saw him guide the Spitfires to the knock-out stages of the Vitality Blast. He took 11 wickets in seven games while scoring consistently with the bat, highlighted with an unbeaten 99 against Gloucestershire.
However, arguably Denly’s best performance of the month came in the Championship victory over Derbyshire. After hitting an impressive 106 with the bat, Denly took a career best four wickets for 36 runs in the second innings to spin his county to victory and place them in the promotion places.
Gloucestershire all-rounder Howell had a memorable month which included taking 15 wickets in eight T20 matches to help his side to the knock out stages of the Vitality Blast.
Despite taking two wickets for just 22 runs in his four overs in the quarter-final, it wasn’t enough to stop Worcestershire progressing through to Finals Day. However, Bordeaux born Howell’s consistency with bat and economical bowling in the middle overs had a large part to play in reaching the latter stages of the competition.
No longer a T20 specialist, a valuable half-century against Leicestershire helped Gloucestershire to victory in the Championship to round off a month which earned him 115 points.
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