• Wham-Bam Willey

    Posted on August 13th, 2015

    Northamptonshire’s David Willey has stormed into the lead in the chase for this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy with a breathtaking 40-ball hundred. The 25-year-old all-rounder thrashed 10 sixes and 7 fours in his century against Sussex Sharks in the NatWest t20 Blast quarter-final at Hove on August 12.

    Willey took 3 for 22 before his stunning innings – the fastest in the T20 format by an English batsman – which included an explosive over in which he smashed 34. The left-handed bat and left-arm fast medium bowler was unsurprisingly named Player of the Match as the Steelbacks booked their t20 Blast Finals Day place with 24 balls remaining.

    Willey, the son of former England all-rounder and umpire Peter, has played in 4 One-Day Internationals and was a key member of England’s T20 International side that thumped New Zealand by 56 runs at Old Trafford earlier in the season.

    Now in its 81st 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.

    Sussex v Northamptonshire scorecard
    David Willey’s career statistics

    VIDEO:Sussex v Northamptonshire, NatWest T20 Blast Quarter-Final, 12August15

    Tiger Lily Earns Her Stripes

    Lily Reynolds of Essex Women has swept into the lead for this year’s Walter Lawrence Women’s Award with a thundering innings of 170 scored off 154 balls.

    The 20-year-old, right-handed opening bat, hit no fewer than 27 fours in her innings, paving the way for a 68-run victory against Worcestershire Women in the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup, Division 2 match at Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea on July 19.

    Born in Bury St Edmunds, Lily also bowls left-arm fast-medium pace and has previously represented Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Women (2010-12).

    Lloyd’s Banker

    Lloyd Sabin of Oxford MCCU is this year’s winner of the MCC Universities Award with a highly impressive innings of 216. The 21-year-old from Banbury, Oxfordshire, hit 23 fours and 7 sixes in his knock made from 258 balls, against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s on May 12.

    Sabin, who started playing for Banbury CC at the age of 6, became a member of the Middlesex Academy before going to Oxford Brookes University from where he has just graduated with a degree in sports coaching and physical education. He has also played for Oxfordshire Minor Counties (2010-14) and Middlesex 2nd XI.

    Sabin, who is the second Oxford winner since the award’s inception in 2006, 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 3.

    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 County Championship, the ECB Women’s County T20 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.