• Just The Job For Cobb

    Posted on May 11th, 2012

    Following the wettest April on record, the early rounds of the Clydesdale Bank 40 games have at last prompted some competitive scores in the quest for this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season.

    Just two days after Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown delivered an 87-baller against Somerset, Leicestershire’s Josh Cobb has taken over the lead with an 81-ball century against Lancashire.

    Cobb, the 21-year-old son of former Leicestershire batsman Russell Cobb, hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his maiden one-day hundred, going on to finish with 137 scored off 99 balls. However, The Foxes fell 5 runs short of their target in the Group A match at Old Trafford on May 6.

    Now in its 78th year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy is open to all domestic county competitions as well as One-Day Internationals, Twenty20 Internationals and Test Matches in England.

    Coleman’s Mustard!

    The leader in this year’s Walter Lawrence MCC Universities award for the highest-scoring batsman from the six MCC Universities is Freddie Coleman, who scored 141 for Oxford MCCU against Durham MCCU at The Racecourse on April 28. The 20-year-old Scot, who has represented his country, hit 14 fours and 1 six in his innings, which was scored off 275 balls.

    Here Come The Girls

    This season the trustees of the Walter Lawrence Trophy, supported by Veuve Clicquot, are delighted to announce the launch of a new award for the women’s game.

    Charlotte Horton has set a stunning target in this season’s new Walter Lawrence award for the women’s game with an unbeaten 177 for Derbyshire Women against Northamptonshire Women. The 26-year-old opener hit 28 fours and 1 six in her innings, scored off 157 balls, helping her side to an 83-run victory in the LV Women’s County Championship, Division Three, match at Derby on May 6.

    The award will go to 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. The winner will receive a cheque for £1,000 as well as an engraved silver medallion and an invitation to the traditional Walter Lawrence Trophy end-of-season presentation dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s.

    This new initiative completes a quartet of Walter Lawrence Trophy awards, supported by Veuve Clicquot, which encompass four distinct areas of the game. The Walter Lawrence Trophy, for the fastest century of the season; the Walter Lawrence 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, and the Walter Lawrence Schools Award launched last season for the highest score by a school batsman against MCC.