Ed Barnard has consolidated his spot into the top five of the PCA’s Overall County Most Valuable Player rankings for 2018 which encompasses all three domestic competitions.

The Worcestershire all-rounder’s excellent campaign continued with his performance with the ball in the Specsavers County Championship match with Hampshire at Blackfinch New Road.

Barnard, the Worcestershire Supporters’ Association 2017 Player Of The Year, achieved his fourth five-wicket haul of the campaign and ended with 6-50 in Hampshire’s first innings.

It took his season’s tally to 42 and, along with nearly 400 Championship runs, is reflected in his fifth position in the rankings with 408.43 points at an average of 12.38 per game.

The England Lions player’s tally includes 98.92 points for batting, 261.51 for bowling and 30.00 for fielding.

The next best placed Worcestershire player in 27th spot is Moeen Ali with 323.79 points at 23.13.

Daryl Mitchell – 322.80 at 9.78 – and Joe Clarke – 312.92 at 9.48 – are 26th and 30th respectively.

Kent’s Joe Denly is the overall PCA MVP leader with 577.71 points at 16.51.

The MVP formula was designed to identify the match-winners and key influencers of matches throughout the domestic and international season.

An innovation which provides a more rigorous analysis of player performances than traditional batting and bowling averages, the MVP formula 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.

The player who tops the overall PCA County MVP Rankings at the end of the season receives a £10,000 reward.