Maiden ton earns Lewis Gregory place in PCA player-of-the-month contest

Lewis Gregory - shortlisted for PCA player of the month

SOMERSET’S Lewis Gregory is among the four players shortlisted fo the Professional Cricketers’ Association player of the month award for June.

Nottinghamshire pair Samit Patel and Steven Mullaney along with Essex off-spinner Simon Harmer are Gregory’s rivals for the award.

The quartet earned most points in the PCA Most Valuable Player Rankings during the month and will now go into a public poll to decide the June winner.

Forrmer Plympton and Devon all-rounder Gregory earned 94 points during the month, 27 of them for making 137, his maiden first-class century, in the drawn championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s.

He followed up with useful runs in each innings of the narrow defeat by Yorkshire at Taunton then took four wickets and netted 13 more rankings points in the Royal London One Day Cup quarter-final defeat by Nottinghamshire.

Gregory ended June with a 22 points match haul from the tense championship draw against Hampshire which included three wickets in the first innings.

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

The 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.

The formula also takes into account conditions, quality of opposition, captaincy and strike-rates as well as runs scored and wickets taken with the player who tops the overall PCA MVP Rankings at the end of the season, receiving a £10,000 prize and a trophy.

Patel made back-to-back double centuries in June with a career-best 257 not out in the drawn Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire at Bristol followed by 247 in the win over Leicestershire at Trent Bridge.

Mullaney’s productive month included 111 from just 75 balls in the RLODC semi-final against Essex and a championship-best 168 in this week’s draw against Kent at Trent Bridge.

Harmer, capped five times by South Africa in Tests, ended the month with 28 wickets in successive championship wins over Warwickshire and Middlesex at Chelmsford.

Fans can vote on the PCA or Sky Sports website to decide who will follow Gloucestershire seamer Liam Norwell (April) and Surrey’s former Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara (May) as the third winner of the new monthly awards.

Voting closes at 7pm on Sunday June 2.