Posted on September 24th, 2016
Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s 43-ball hundred, which launched the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast competition in such explosive fashion, has won him this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy.
The 22-year-old smashed 5 sixes and 13 fours in his century, helping to post an unassailable total of 225 for 6 for Worcestershire Rapids in their 38-run victory over Durham Jets at New Road on May 20. The opener, nicknamed ‘Pepsi’, went on to score 127 from 54 balls, including 8 sixes and 14 fours, the highest score for the county in 14 years of T20 cricket.
It proved to be a night of double celebration for Kohler-Cadmore, who’d shaved his head to raise money for Cancer Research after team-mate Tom Fell suffered a second cancer scare before the start of the season, as Worcestershire announced before the match that Fell had been given the all-clear .
An outstanding schoolboy cricketer, the Chatham-born Kohler-Cadmore won a cricket scholarship to Malvern College, where he amassed three scores over 150 and averaged over 100 in his last year. He was named Wisden schools cricketer of the year in 2014 before joining Worcestershire and scoring 47 against Bangladesh A on his debut.
Following in the footsteps of Graeme Hick (1988) and Vikram Solanki (2009), Tom becomes only the third Worcestershire batsman to win the Trophy, which he will receive, along with prize money of £3,000, at the Walter Lawrence Presentation Dinner in The Long Room at Lord’s on November 9.
Now in its 82nd year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, is open to all domestic county competitions as well as One-Day Internationals, T20 Internationals and Test Matches in England.
England opener, Tammy Beaumont, is the winner of this year’s Walter Lawrence Women’s Award with a dazzling innings of 168 not out, scored against Pakistan Women in the Third One-Day International at Taunton on June 27.
A proverbial thorn in the Pakistan Women’s side this summer, the 25-year-old Kent Women opener and wicket-keeper had scored 70 in the First ODI, and 104 in the Second, during which she shared an opening stand of 235 with Lauren Winfield. Tammy’s unbeaten innings of 168, scored from 144 balls and including 20 fours, earned her the Player of the Match award, as England wrapped up the series with a decisive 3-0 victory. Assessing her winning knock, Tammy recalls, ‘I think the most pleasing thing about my innings was how I managed to go through the gears. Looking back at the highlights reel you get to see all the expansive shots I played at the back end of the innings and it made it look like it was just one of those days for a batter… we all seem to forget I was on about 10 after 10 overs!!’ She also chipped in with innings of 82 and 55 in the three T20 games.
Tammy, who is a Chance to Shine Coaching Ambassador, grew up playing cricket with her father and brother for Sandwich CC, before making her debut for Kent in 2007. She made her England ODI & T20I debuts in the West Indies in 2009, before successfully captaining the England Women’s Academy team on tours to Sri Lanka in 2014 and the UAE in 2015. This year she was selected to open the batting for England in the World T20 Cup, since when she hasn’t looked back. To date, she has played in 2 Tests, 26 ODIs and 44 T20Is and, as well as Kent, she also represented Surrey Stars in the inaugural Kia Super League competition this season.
Tammy is set for a busy Winter, following back-to-back tours with England to West Indies (September 30 – October 22) and Sri Lanka (November 1 – 20), she joins the Big Bash in Australia. A chemistry and sports science graduate from Loughborough University, Tammy is the fifth winner of the Walter Lawrence Women’s Award since it was introduced and wins a special silver medallion and a cheque for £500.
White hot Winner
Loughborough MCCU’s Rob White has won this year’s MCC Universities Award with a score of 174, made at Haselgrave Ground, on June 8 against Leeds/Bradford MCCU.
White’s innings was scored off 219 balls, including 18 fours and 4 sixes and, despite the game being drawn, helped Loughborough secure the 2016 MCCU 2-day Championship. Rob’s 174, the 20-year-old’s second century of the season, meant that he pipped his team mate Basil Akram, who had been leading the competition since early-season with a score of 160.
Born in Ealing and educated at Harrow School, White has represented Middlesex Second XI, U-15s and U-17s, and is in his second year at Loughborough, where he is studying psychology. He is the first Loughborough winner since the Award’s inception in 2006, and will receive a special silver medallion and prize of £500 at the Walter Lawrence Trophy Presentation Dinner in The Long Room at Lord’s on November 9.
The quartet of Walter Lawrence Trophy awards, supported by Veuve Clicquot, encompass four distinct areas of the game: the Walter Lawrence Trophy, for the fastest century of the season; the MCC Universities award for the highest score by a batsman from the six MCC Universities against the first-class counties or in the MCCU Championship; The Walter Lawrence Women’s Award for the batsman who makes the highest individual score in a season from the ECB Women’s One-Day Cup and all England Women’s matches played on home soil, and, finally, the Walter Lawrence Schools Award for the highest score by a school batsman against MCC.