Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg on the charge as they shoot up the FTI MVP Rankings
Back-to-back LV= CC victories that have included stunning performances with the ball have propelled the two opening bowers up the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.
Lancashire thrashed league leaders Northamptonshire within two days after bowling them out for 62 in the first innings, with Kyle Hogg recording match figures of 9-73.
The victory followed one at Chelmsford in which they put Essex to the sword within three days, thanks to the skipper contributing 8-56 and Hogg 6-58.
Between them they have collected almost 120 ranking points during the two fixtures and have climbed up to 32nd and 36th in the table, just a handful of points off a top twenty spot.
Chapple has also cemented himself at the very top of the all-time MVPs for county championship cricket including figures that go back to the creation of the stats in 2007.
The FTI MVPs, which feature a £10,000 purse for the cricketer who scoops the top prize at the end of the season, award points for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held.
Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and for dismissing the top order, whilst batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and the percentage of the team’s runs they hit.
There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team’s total, for top order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.
It is also harder to receive a strike rate bonus in YB40 cricket, reflecting an overall increase in scoring rates for this format, and dot balls in FL20 cricket will also become more valuable.
Lancashire’s triumph over Northants was their sixth in a row in all competitions during June, following three YB40 victories and a win over Leeds/Bradford MCCU.