Stevens scoops T20 Blast award

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Kent all-rounder Dar­ren Stevens has won the an­nual Natwest T20 Blast FTI MVP award for the sec­ond time. He beat Sur­rey’s Ja­son Roy by 1.5 points to re­peat his 2009 suc­cess. He scored 351 runs and took 18 wick­ets but it was the two run-outs he ef­fected that ul­ti­mately got Stevens over the line as Roy failed to com­plete any run-outs. His best match in terms of points scor­ing was in the tied game against Glam­or­gan at Cardiff where he took 3-22 be­fore crack­ing 71 off 39 balls. Stevens’ con­sis­tency in the short for­mat of the game has seen him fin­ish in the top-10 five times in the past six cam­paigns. He is the lead­ing points scorer in the his­tory of the award and the first player through the 1000-points bar­rier. Glam­or­gan’s Jim Al­lenby fin­ished third third with 548 runs and seven wick­ets.

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Kent’s Dar­ren Stevens in ac­tion against Mid­dle­sex

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