Posted on May 21st, 2016
Worcestershire’s Tom Kohler-Cadmore launched the 2016 NatWest T20 Blast competition in explosive fashion with a 43-ball hundred to lead the challenge for this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy. The 21-year-old smashed 5 sixes and 13 fours in his century helping to post an unassailable total of 225-6 for Worcestershire Rapids in their 38-run victory over Durham Jets at New Road on May 20. The opener 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 was a night of double celebration for Kohler-Cadmore, nicknamed ‘Pepsi’, 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 and was named Wisden Schools Cricketer Of The Year before making his Worcestershire debut in 2013.
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.
Kylie White is the front runner for this year’s Walter Lawrence Women’s Award with an innings of 147, which was scored off 156 balls and included 22 fours. The Hertfordshire Women’s opener and wicket-keeper helped her side amass a total of 325 for 2, which proved 217 runs too many for Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Women in the Royal London One-Day Cup, Division 4 North & East match at Spicer’s Sports Ground, Sawston, on May 15.
White’s 147 took her to the top of the leader board after leap-frogging Devonshire skipper Aylish Cranstone, who made 134 not out on May 5, and Ami Campbell of Northumberland Women who made 135 on May 15.
Basil Akram, Loughborough MCCU’s all-rounder, started the season with a bang and leads the field in pursuit of this year’s MCC Universities Award with a score of 160. Batting at number seven, the 23-year-old’s innings against Surrey on April 1st included 26 fours and 1 six in the drawn match at The Oval, in which he also took 6 wickets.
Clearly relishing county bowling attacks, Enfield-born Akram followed his 160 with 100 not out against Kent, batting at number eight, and 87 against Leicestershire, with both matches being drawn.
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.