ROBSON IS NEW PCA MVP LEADER

Middlesex opening batsman Sam Robson is the new leader of the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings after he produced a performance that ranked in the top 10 best since the rankings were introduced in 2007.

Robson made 231 and 106 in the draw with Warwickshire in the Specsavers County Championship opener against Warwickshire at Lord’s, a Middlesex record match aggregate.

The former England batsman took 71.41 points from the match which allowed him to replace Durham’s Keaton Jennings as the early pacesetter in this season’s PCA MVP Rankings.

The performance also took Robson into ninth place of best County Championship performances and nudged Durham’s Chris Rushworth, who took 15 wickets against Northamptonshire in 2014, into tenth place.

Robson’s performance brought him the second highest match haul in April in MVP history behind Ed Joyce’s 73.27 for Sussex against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2014 but they were the most by a player making his first appearance of the season.

But Robson’s efforts against Warwickshire were still not Middlesex’s best match performance in the PCA MVP Rankings. That record is still held by his team-mate, off-spinner Ollie Rayner, who took 80.81 points from the match against Surrey in September 2013 when he took 15 wickets.

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 PCA MVP leader board can be viewed HERE