Joe Clarke’s fine performances in the NatWest T20 Blast this summer have led to him climbing into the top 20 of the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Most Valuable Player rankings for the short format of the game.
The Worcestershire Rapids batsman will go into tonight’s game away to Durham Jets lying in exactly 20th spot with 90 points at an average of 10.02 points per game.
Twenty-one-year-old Clarke is the Rapids leading run-getter in the competition and has hit 19 sixes so far in 2017.
But the highest placed Rapids player is Mitchell Santner in 13th position with 101 points at an average of 11.17 points per match after his consistent performances with the ball and useful contributions with the bat.
The next best placed Rapids player is all-rounder John Hastings – 41st with 71 points at 7.88 – although he is now returning home to Australia after suffering a foot injury.
He is followed in the rankings by keeper Ben Cox – 53rd with 68 points at 7.51 – and all-rounder Brett D’Oliveira – 57th with 66 points at 7.38.
Leading the way in T20 Blast cricket so far this summer is Derbyshire’s Wayne Madsen – 170 points at 17.02 – followed by Yorkshire’s David Willey – 162 at 18.01.
Joe Climbs Into Pca Most Valuable Player Top 20 For T20 Blast
Friday, August 11th, 2017
Rhodes is caught at extra cover off Cotton for nine. Rapids 98 all out lose by 48 runs.
Rapids 96-9 off 15 overs
Brown lbw Tahir - his fourth wicket - for 0. Rapids are 89-9
Barnard bowled behind his legs for seven by Tahir. Rapids 87-8 in 14th over
Hepburn ct behind by Smith off Henry for 10. Rapids 87-7 in 13th over
Rapids 80-6 off 12 overs
Whiteley caught at long on for 28 off Tahir and Rapids are 80-6
Whiteley cover drives Tahir for another four
Whiteley cover drives Tahir for four
Whiteley is on 20 and Rapids are 70-5 off 11 overs
It's half-way and the Rapids are 58-5
Rapids 52-5 off nine
Whiteley cover drives Viljoen for four. Rapids 49-5 off eight overs
Rapids 42-5 off seven overs
Santner plays on to Tahir's first delivery for 8. Rapids 39-5
End of powerplay and Viljoen are 39-4
Cox lbw Viljoen 2. Rapids 39-4 in sixth
D'Oliveira bowled by Viljoen 6. Rapids 37-3 in the sixth
Rapids 37-1 off five.
Clarke (23) is caught at point off Cotton. Rapids 26-2 off four overs
Rapids are 18-1 off three overs
Rapids 9-1 off two
Rapids 4-1 off one. Santner has joined Clarke
Leach is bowled second ball by Madsen for 0
Henry (15) run out going for second run. Falcons close on 146-8
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