• Trego Treat at Taunton

    Posted on May 2nd, 2011

    Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego has emphatically thrown down the gauntlet in this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season. The fierce-hitting 29 year-old thumped a 58-ball century, which included 8 fours and 6 sixes, in the Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C match, against Glamorgan at Taunton on May 2. Trego, who rejoined the county in 2006 after brief spells at Kent and Middlesex, shared a second-wicket partnership of 174 with Craig Kieswetter in Somerset’s 10-run victory, which was decided by the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain.

    The previous afternoon of Clydesdale Bank 40 fixtures had seen the lead for the Trophy change three times. Firstly Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales posted a 93-ball hundred against Essex at Chelmsford, only to be overtaken by Aussie batsman Tom Cooper’s 87-ball century for Netherlands against Middlesex at Lord’s, and then James Taylor’s 85-baller for Leicestershire against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

    Now in its 77th year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy is open to all domestic county competitions, including the Clydesdale Bank 40 and Friends Provident T20 limited-over games, as well as One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals, all eligible alongside those scored in the County Championship and Test Matches in England.

    Along Came Jones …
    The battle for the Walter Lawrence Trophy award for the highest-scoring batsman from the six MCC Universities has reached epic proportions! Durham’s Chris Jones has scored a monumental 252 not out in the MCCU Championship match against Oxford at The Parks on April 22 to put himself into an almost unassailable position. Scored off just 271 balls, Jones’ unbeaten 252 included 40 fours and one six and is the highest score recorded so far since the Walter Lawrence Trophy award was introduced in 2006. The recent glorious weather has resulted in a glut of runs by MCCU batsmen with Jones to the fore. The 20-year-old opener registered a second double century on May 5, scoring 202 against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.

    A Big Hit For Schools!
    This season the trustees of the Walter Lawrence Trophy are delighted to announce the launch of a new award for the highest score by a school batsman against MCC.

    Included in its all-embracing season of more than 450 out-matches throughout the U.K. and beyond, MCC play against over 280 schools this summer. The Walter Lawrence Trophy has put up a £250 award for the highest schools’ scorer against MCC from these matches. The winner will also receive a special medallion and an invitation, with his or her parents, to the traditional end-of-season presentation dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s.