Dickson in top 20 all time rankings
Dickson in top 20 all time rankings

Sean Dickson’s triple century for Kent in their drawn Specsavers County Championship match against Northamptonshire is among the top 20 best single innings performances in the competition in the history of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings.

Dickson’s 318 was the first triple century by a Kent batsman since 1935 and the best single innings championship performance by a Kent player since the PCA MVP system was introduced in 2007.

Dickson, an English-qualified South African, earned 46 points for his efforts at Beckenham where he scored 45 per cent of Kent’s first innings total of 701 for seven declared. The points haul took him to 17th on the all-time list of single innings performances in the championship which is led by former England batsman James Taylor who earned 59 rankings points for his 291 for Nottinghamshire against Sussex two years ago.

Dickson followed up with 60 in Kent’s second innings at Beckenham and 12 more PCA MVP points which gave him a match haul of 58 points and took him to 63rd place in this season’s championship rankings and 84thrd in the overall PCA MVP.

The PCA MVP Rankings system identifies the match-winners and key influencers of matches throughout the domestic season.

The formula takes into account conditions, quality of opposition, captaincy and strike-rates as well as runs scored and wickets taken.

Surrey’s former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara still leads the overall PCA MVP despite missing the draw with Hampshire at the Kia Oval through injury.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens missed the chance to regain the lead as he was forced to miss the Northamptonshire match under the England and Wales Cricket Board’s concussion protocols having been struck on the helmet by a delivery from Nottinghamshire’s Harry Gurney.

Stevens remains leader of the all-time championship rankings points table with 2,674 but his lead has been trimmed by Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh who earned 16 points from the thrilling one wicket win over Warwickshire at Edgbaston to move to 2,639 career points.

Hampshire’s former South Africa paceman Kyle Abbott has moved into third place in the overall PCA MVP but first in the championship rankings after taking 13 points from the draw with Surrey.
Abbott is now 19 points clear of Stevens in the championship rankings and 49 behind Sangakkara in the overall PCA MVP.

Somerset paceman Craig Overton moved into the top 10 of the overall rankings having taken a career-best match haul of nine wickets to sink Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Overton earned 54 points from the match, 37 of them for his first innings figures of 24-3-87-5, with three of his victims being top four batsmen.

Overton is also Somerset’s highest-ranked player in the championship PCA MVP in 11th place with 167 point, two points off a top 10 spot.