• Rahul Rules The Roost

    Posted on July 4th, 2018

    Rahul Rules The Roost

    India’s Lokesh Rahul, commonly known as KL, has become scorer of the fastest hundred of the season so far, with a 53-ball century against England, putting him in top spot for this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy.

    Coming in at number 3, Rahul blasted the England attack for 10 fours and 5 sixes in his unbeaten 101 in the First T20 International at Old Trafford on July 4, as India chased down the home side’s modest total of 159 for 8 with 10 balls to spare.

    It was the 26-year-old’s second T20I hundred, and with 4 Test centuries and 1 ODI hundred to his name, the Bangalore batsman promises to be a thorn in England’s side this Summer.

    Now in its 84th 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.

    England v India scorecard
    Lokesh Rahul’s career statistics

    Nat The Superbat

    England all-rounder, Natalie Sciver leads the chase for this year’s Walter Lawrence Women’s Award after scoring an awesome 180 not out, off just 98 balls, for Surrey Women against Derbyshire Women at Spondon CC on May 27. In the ECB Women’s County Championship, Division 2 match, her whirlwind knock, which included 33 fours and 1 six, set up a crushing 354-run win, in which she also took 3 wickets for 6 runs.

    The Tokyo-born 25-year-old, who won the Walter Lawrence Women’s Award in 2014, has become one of the world’s great women’s players and, along with two of her 2017 World-Cup-winning team mates, was named one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of The Year.

    Evans Above

    Sam Evans has leapfrogged his Loughborough team-mate Hassan Azad to lead the race for this year's MCC Universities Award with a dazzling score of 217. Following Azad's unbeaten 204 in May, Evans reeled off Loughborough's second double-century on June 14 at the Haselgrave Ground, with his innings against Leeds/Bradford MCCU coming off 281 balls, including 30 fours and 3 sixes.

    A product of the Grace Road Academy, the 20-year-old Leicester-born opener joined the county's staff on a three-year contract last year and made his County Championship debut against Northants in the final game of 2017. Earlier in the season, Evans had previously scored 114 for Loughborough against the same opposition in just his second first-class innings.

    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.