T20: Sussex trio in Bumble's Team of the Year11-Sep-2012
David Bumble Lloyd has been choosing his FTI MVP t20 Team Of The 2012, and three Sussex players have made it into his XI, plus another on the bench!
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So as the dust settles on another thrilling FLt20 campaign, who were the stars of the show? What would an unbeatable side made up from all the players on the county scene look like. Well I’ve picked a team which could go up against any short-form side in the world. I’ve chosen 2 overseas players as per the competition’s rules and gone for top performers from this year’s MVP Rankings but also taking into account how they’d blend with each other and making sure I’ve got the balance right between run-scorers and boundary hitters, wicket-takers and those who keep things tight. These guys all field, too. See what you think!
Luke Wright (Sussex): A t20 specialist with IPL and Big Bash experience, Luke has enjoyed another fine t20 campaign. 312 runs @ 160 runs per 100 balls sees him ranked third in the batting charts, 11th on strike rate and 10th overall. His best score was 91 off 61 balls against the Middlesex Panthers and he also made an eye-catching 54 off 27 against Surrey. His bowling at the death could also come in handy. T20 Ranking: 10th
Michael Lumb (Notts): A World T20 winner Lumb has had a fine season across all cricket. He would form a potent left/right combination with Wright and consistently get the team off to fast starts. Of his 8 knocks in this year’s comp he reached 20 on 7 occasions with a best of 62 off 26 against the Leicestershire Foxes. 252 runs @138 runs per 100 balls. Destructive and reliable. T20 Ranking: 38th
Paul Stirling (Middx): Brilliant ball striker especially in the powerplay overs Paul is the ideal number 3. Fourth in the batting stakes he scored 271 runs @ 143 runs per 100 balls from just 7 games with 3 high-class fifties. He’s also a more than useful off-spinner who could utilize the rough created by our left-arm pace attack. T20 Ranking 19th
Matt Prior (Sussex): Prior leads the batting strike rate list scoring at an incredible 196 runs per 100 balls. 6 knocks, 249 runs, 28 fours, 11 sixes, 5 scores over 25 including 81 off 37 against the Hampshire Royals and 60 off 38 against the Gladiators in the quarter-final. He could keep wicket if necessary. International class. T20 Ranking 50th
David Miller (Yorkshire): Yorkshire’s overseas signings were key factors in their first ever appearance at Finals Day and both make it in my team. David Miller is second in the batting charts and as he showed in the final he’s a big match player. He scored a total of 390 runs at 154 runs per 100 balls with 47 off 35 in the semis against the Sussex Sharks before lighting up the Cardiff night sky with 72 off 46. He narrowly gets in ahead of Scott Styris as my first overseas signing. The fact he’s a left-hander was ultimately what split them. T20 Ranking 4th
Darren Stevens (Kent): Stevens is the leading t20 points scorer in the history of the MVP rankings with 706.85 points, 80 more than his nearest rival. At the time of writing he’s second in this year’s overall campaign and he finished 8th in the FLt20 FTI MVP scoring 207 runs @ 135 per 100 balls and taking 7 wickets with an economy rate of 6.14 runs per over. He has enormous power with the bat and can impact the game with bat, ball and in the field. T20 Ranking 8th
James Foster (Essex): James is widely recognised as one of the best keepers in the world game particularly when standing up to the stumps. He is also ranked 6th in this year’s batting statistics. 270 runs @ 166 runs per 100 balls he’s a finisher who loves the pressure at the business end of games. 51 off 27 versus the Kent Spitfires and 65 off 31 against the Sharks were his best batting efforts but he was remarkably consistent with 6 scores of 23 or above and hit 18 fours and 15 sixes. T20 Ranking 3rd
Dimi Mascarenhas (Hants) Captain: Dimi led the Royals to their 2nd victory in 3 years using all his IPL experience to stay calm and make good decisions in the final. He topped this year’s FLt20 FTI MVP Rankings with 15 wickets at an economy rate of 6.50 runs per over, an even better achievement when you consider he normally bowled 3 of his allocation in the powerplay overs. 4-0-11-2 against Somerset and 4-0-20-2 in the final against Yorkshire showed what he’s all about. He gets top order batters out and gets his team ahead of the game. He’s also one of the most detructive lower order hitters in the game. T20 Ranking 1st
Azeem Rafiq (Yorkshire): My frontline spinner loves a battle and would enjoy the rough created by my 2 left-arm quickies. He conceded runs at less than 6.75 runs per over and the 11 wickets he took in the competition were often valuable ones. 4-0-22-1 and 4-0-21-1 were his Finals Day performances, evidence of a young man enjoying the big occasion. T20 Ranking 16th
Chris Liddle (Sussex): Chris took 17 wickets in the campaign including 5-17 in his first game against the Middlesex Panthers. The left-arm quick never failed to take a wicket and operates effectively from over and around the wicket. A fine boundary fielder and tremendous athlete he was one of the first names down in this side. T20 Ranking 15th
Mitchell Starc: (Yorkshire): The leading wicket-taker in the 2012 FLt20, Australian Mitchell Starc was straight in to my team. 21 wickets, an economy rate of under 6 runs per over, Mitchell was probably the shrewdest signing of the whole competition. He took 3 wickets in an innings 3 times and 2 wickets in an innings on 5 occasions propelling Yorkshire to their first Finals Day. His best bowling was 3-24 in the quarters against Worcestershire. Had he been available to Yorkshire for Finals Day I think they would have won. T20 Ranking 9th
Those who narrowly missed out: Scott Styris whose blistering 37-ball hundred in the quarters against the Gladiators was one of the comp’s highlights. Also took 3-fer in the semis. Wes Durston, a destructive hitter who scored 201 runs but whose major strength this year was his offies coming second in the economy rate list @ 5.21 runs per over. Mark Davies: if deadly accurate pace of the ball seam bowling is required Davies is in. In 9 games and 36 overs only once did he go for more than 25 runs giving an impressive overall economy rate of 5.72.