• A Scorcher from Burns

    Posted on July 6th, 2010

    Rory Burns of Cardiff MCCU is the 2010-season winner of the Walter Lawrence Trophy award for the highest-scoring batsman from the six MCC Universities. The 19-year-old left-handed opener and wicket-keeper hit a sizzling, unbeaten 230 against Oxford MCCU, in the MCC Universities Championship match at The Parks on April 27: the highest score in an innings played against one of the other five MCCUs or against one of the first-class counties this season.

    Epsom-born Burns, who was educated at City of London Freemen’s School, Ashtead, and has played for Surrey 2nd XI, hit 23 fours and 4 sixes in his innings, which was scored off 345 balls in the drawn game. Burns is the sixth recipient of the award since its inception, as well as the highest scorer, and is the second Cardiff player to win it. He will receive a silver medallion and prize of £1,000 at the end-of-season dinner in The Long Room at Lord’s on October 19, when the main trophy, for the fastest hundred in terms of balls faced, is presented.

    Adam Gilchrist, the 38-year-old Australian wicket-keeper/batsman, currently leads the field in the challenge for the 2010 Walter Lawrence Trophy with a blistering 47-ball hundred scored for Middlesex against Kent in the Friends Provident T20 match on June 11th. Gilchrist thumped 9 fours and 7 sixes during his century in the six-wicket victory at Canterbury.