Gareth Cross is on course to be named as the county championship's best wicket-keeper in his first year of regular first team cricket.
The 27-year-old has been outstanding with the gloves this season after taking over full-time from Luke Sutton, who left to re-join former county Derbyshire.
His form has seen him amass 176 fielding points in the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s Most Valuable Player rankings, sponsored by FTI Consulting.
Cross took two catches and a stumping in Lancashire’s impressive win against Hampshire at Aigburth, taking his total number of scalps for the season in all competitions to 80.
He has also contributed 928 runs including four fifties and a hundred, giving him an overall score of 350 points.
Whilst other wicket-keepers have contributed more points with the bat, Cross’s 59 catches and 21 stumpings mean he is the stand-out performer behind the stumps.
With one championship game to go, Cross is 62 points ahead of Worcestershire’s Ben Scott in the fielding stats and is highly unlikely to be beaten.
Jason Ratcliffe, the PCA’s assistant chief executive, said: “Gareth has had a fantastic season and the plaudits that come his way are full deserved after his patience and perseverance.
“The terrific catches he has taken and the stumpings he has made have gone a long way in helping Lancashire to a successful season and are fully reflected in his accumulation of ranking points.
“These are the stats are the ones by which all the players judge themselves and the ones that really matter in the changing rooms up and down the country.”
The PCA’s MVP system, which is now in its fifth year, rewards players for every run scored, every wicket taken and every catch held.
Captains also receive points for their command of the side. There are also bonuses awarded to players whose runs and wickets contribute to a win for the team.
In addition, batting points are handed out for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs each batsman contributes.
Fielding points are awarded for catches, run outs and stumpings, with bonuses for five or more dismissals in an innings.
Bowlers receive higher marks for among other things good economy rates, bowling maidens and for getting out higher order batsmen.
Former England opener Marcus Trescothick currently tops the overall FTI MVP rankings, and is on course to win the award for the second time.
For more information on the FTI MVP ranking system please visit www.thepca.co.uk