Pepper nominated for June’s PCA Player of the Month Award


Michael Pepper has been nominated for the June PCA Player of the Month award after enjoying a stellar month with the bat.

The top four men’s and women’s domestic players have been announced using the PCA’s Most Valuable Player Rankings, powered by Argentex, with a trophy for the winners the coveted prize.

Pepper demonstrated his prowess with 170 MVP points in June, leading the way in the PCA’s Most Valuable Player Rankings.

Warwickshire duo Dan Mousley and Jacob Bethell are also nominated and occupy second and third place respectively while Surrey’s Jamie Smith continued his fine form, culminating in an England Test call up.

Young players have shown their abilities in June as the eight nominees for Player of the Month across the men’s and women’s games have an average age of just 23.5.

The PCA’s Most Valuable Player Rankings, powered by Argentex, picks out the game’s top performers across every single fixture. This then forms the rankings for each competition, as well as an overall table which is how the top four is selected.

The MVP takes into account batting, bowling and fielding contributions as well as match defining contributions using a unique algorithm developed with CricViz.

The PCA Player of the Month is decided by a 50:50 split between the PCA MVP Rankings and the public vote on – with the poll closing on Wednesday 03 July at 10pm. With a short window to have your say, vote now to pick your winner of the June awards.

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Men’s Player of the Month

June was dominated by the Vitality Blast in the men’s game with Birmingham Bears and Surrey occupying top spots in the Northern and Southern Groups. The Vitality County Championship continued with round nine and the first day of round 10 taken into consideration for the June award.

Michael Pepper (Essex)

The Essex wicketkeeper enjoyed a phenomenal month with the bat in the Vitality Blast, scoring 326 runs at an average of 54.3, earning him 170 points.

The 26-year-old picked up two Match MVP awards, the most impressive coming against Middlesex smashing 101 off 44 balls including six maximums. Pepper also took 11 dismissals with the gloves.

• Dan Mousley (Warwickshire)

Showcasing his all-round capabilities, Mousley scored 293 runs across both formats in June alongside taking nine wickets, securing him 157 MVP points.

The 22-year-old picked up a Match MVP award against Derbyshire for his unbeaten 66 off 53 balls as the Bears won by seven wickets. He also picked up notable figures of 3-22 against Notts Outlaws.

• Jacob Bethell (Warwickshire)

The Warwickshire all-rounder scored 333 runs in First-Class and T20 cricket during the month and took three wickets as he earned 154 MVP points.

The 20-year-old secured two Match MVPs, securing 39 points for an unbeaten 56 off just 16 balls including seven sixes and figures of 2-18 against Northamptonshire and another 30 points for an unbeaten 71 against Worcestershire.

• Jamie Smith (Surrey)

The Surrey man scored 179 Vitality Blast runs and 187 Vitality County Championship runs in June, alongside five catches, obtaining 142 MVP points.

The 23-year-old picked up a Match MVP award against Somerset thanks to a fabulous knock of 87 off 38 balls which included 14 boundaries. He also scored 100 against Essex on the final day of the month.