Trego arrives at the top table

Somerset's Peter Trego is finally celebrating a long-awaited top billing after a run of near misses.

Trego has landed county cricket's FTI Most Valued Player award after topping the ranking system across all three formats.

The 31-year-old pipped fellow all-rounder Darren Stevens to the trophy after a campaign that yielded a total of 897 runs and 67 wickets in all competitions.

Somerset finished as runners-up in all three domestic tournaments last season and were second to Warwickshire in this summer's LV= County Championship.

Trego also fell just short of glory on his travels, beaten in the Hong Kong Sixes final with England and also narrowly missing out as an overseas player in Zimbabwe with Mashonaland Eagles.

"When I was top of the rankings going into the last couple of weeks I think there was a heavy stack of cash on me to finish second because that just seems to be the way of it for me," he said.

"Last year Somerset missed out in all three competitions but I don't think many people know I also finished second in Hong Kong and with Mashonaland. I actually managed five second-placed finishes in one season.

"I think it goes without saying that I'd swap this award for some of those trophies because I don't think anything can replicate the feeling of winning something with your team, but it's certainly a nice feeling for me personally to be the number one.

"With the quality of cricketer we have out there it is really rewarding for me after a long, tough season."