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Tucker and Trott named Cup Match MVPs

Cup Match rivals Somerset and St George's have chosen their own MVPs for this year's drawn classic at Wellington Oval.

Champions Somerset selected Janeiro Tucker as their MVP while this year's hosts St George's named Rodney Trott as theirs.

Tucker was a unanimous choice for the top award at his club, and would have been a firm candidate to claim overall MVP accolades had such an award still existed, for his record breaking exploits with the bat in the champions' first innings.

The veteran all-rounder became the classic's most prolific batsman after surpassing the previous record for the most runs (1,357) held by Charlie Marshall and also the first batsmen to achieve four centuries in Cup Match history following his unbeaten knock of 104.

He also featured in a marathon 181-run fourth wicket partnership with fellow centurion Tre Manders (109) which is the fourth highest partnership for all wickets to date in Cup Match history.

Tucker and Manders are the first Somerset batsmen to score centuries in the same innings while the latter is only the second Somerset batsman behind Tucker to score a century at Wellington Oval.

Tucker also claimed a wicket in St George's' second innings and held onto four catches fielding in the slips.

Trott was named as St George's' MVP after top scoring in both of the challengers' two innings.

His unbroken 54-run sixth-wicket stand with Lionel Cann (26) and considerable time lost to rain in the second innings helped St George's salvage a draw in a match Somerset dominated throughout.

Trott also claimed a wicket in Somerset's first innings with his off break spin. The champions did not bat a second time after St George's failed to avoid the follow on in their first innings and were sent straight back in.

Tucker was chosen as Somerset's MVP during the champions' prize giving earlier this month while Trott was named as St George's' best performer during the East Enders' prize ceremony last month.

Neither award winners were publicly announced.

It remains unclear how long both clubs have been choosing their own MVP as opposed to agreeing on an overall award winner.

Controversy flared following the 2002 classic, which Somerset won by four-wickets, after both Cup Match clubs failed to agree on a single candidate for the prestigious award.

Somerset took the view that the winner should come from the winning team and felt their colt, Dennis Pilgrim, was worthy of the award after claiming four wickets, holding onto three catches and stroking a valuable 22 runs to help his team carve out a first innings lead.

But St George's disagreed, arguing that the late Travis Smith, who was also a colt in the match, should receive the award for his impressive ten-wicket match haul on his Cup Match debut.

The deadlock was eventually broken by Camel representative Joanne McPhee who declared Smith as the winner, making him the first member of a losing team to win the award and the first bowler to do so in nearly two decades.

Smith, who suffered fatal injuries in a traffic accident in 2006, returned impressive match figures of ten for 130 on his debut, the first bowler to take five wickets in each innings since Eugene Hansey in 1969 and the first to do so as a colt.

Janeiro Tucker was chosen as Somerset's MVP during the champions' Cup Match prize ceremony earlier this month (Photo by Glenn Tucker)

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Published September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm)

Tucker and Trott named Cup Match MVPs

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