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Northamptonshire slow left-armer Graeme White produced the second best individual performance in 50 overs cricket in the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings against Lancashire in the Royal London One Day Cup last week.White took a career-best six for 37 – the sixth best List A figures in Northamptonshire’s history - at an economy rate of 3.70 and three of his wickets were top four batsmen.
That gave him 44 bowling points from Northamptonshire’s  76 runs  win and a match aggregate of 47 a figure beaten only by Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara who earned 50 points against Lancashire last season.
White is currently fifth in the PCA MVP Rankings for the Royal London One Day Cup with 53 points. Just eight behind Nottinghamshire batsman Michael Lumb, who is the early pacesetter in the competition.
White is also the highest-ranked spinner in the country in the competition and has staked an early claim for inclusion in the new North v South three-match series which will be played in the United Arab Emirates next March.
The top four England-qualified players plus the leading spinner from each region in this season’s Royal London One Day Cup PCA MVP Rankings will be selected to play in the North v South series.
The PCA MVP was introduced in 2007 and is designed by the players to find the cricketers who really win matches by combining all aspects of a player’s performance to give a ranking in relation to his peers.
The revised 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 taken at the start of the innings are judged more valuable than those that fall later, and bowlers who bowl their overs cheaply (in the context of the match) are given due reward for doing so.
The weightings in the revised formula have been scaled so as to provide continuity with previous seasons, ensuring that the value of an MVP point this year is equivalent to those allocated under previous formulae.
The PCA MVP leader board can be viewed here:
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