• Batchelor Batters Cardiff

    Posted on August 13th, 2019

    Oliver Batchelor of Leeds/Bradford MCCU is the winner of this year’s MCC Universities Award with a mighty 215 not out, scored against Cardiff MCCU in the 3-day drawn match at Usk CC on April 25. During his remarkable innings, which included 29 fours and 1 six, he shared a 3rd-wicket stand of 247 with Ben Pearson and helped his side post a total of 458 for 5 declared.

    Reflecting on his winning innings, Olly recalls, ‘I was seeing the ball like a beach ball but when I’d reached around 170 bad light stopped play and when we continued the following day it was a wet, stop/start affair, but eventually I was delighted to complete the double hundred.’

    The 22-year-old right-handed batsman had an outstanding season across all formats scoring 870 runs at an average of 58.. Not only did he become MCCU’s highest scorer in 2/3-day cricket with his 215*, he also made the highest individual score in the BUCS 50-over competition with an unbeaten 131.

    His coach, Andrew Lawson, commented: ‘ “Batch” is an extremely talented cricketer and this season he has showed what he has to offer on and off the field. I wish him all the very best and congratulate him on a great season and hope to follow him playing some county cricket next season.’

    Batchelor, who was born in Chelsea and educated at Charterhouse School, graduated from Leeds this year with a 2.1 in Accounting & Finance, but is keen to pursue a career in cricket. His passion for the game was sparked by England’s 2005 Ashes victory and he heads off to New Zealand in the autumn to play for Eastern Suburbs in Wellington. He has previously played for Surrey at Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 17 and 2nd XI level, as well as 2nd XI cricket this year for Essex and Yorkshire. Olly is also a keen follower of horse racing.

    The third Leeds/Bradford winner since the Award’s inception in 2006, Olly 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 13.

    A Delport Onslaught

    Cameron Delport of Essex has stormed into the lead for this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy with a 38-ball century scored on the second night of this season’s Vitality Blast T20 competition, at Chelmsford on July 19. The 30-year-old South African, who holds a British passport, put Surrey to the sword finishing his innings on 129, scored off 49 balls and including 7 fours and 14 sixes. On a drizzly evening, with the match shortened to 15 overs per side, Delport and his partner, Dan Lawrence, flayed the Surrey attack for 135 runs for the fourth wicket in just 6.5 overs. Essex’s total of 226-4 proved too much for Surrey who fell short by 52 runs.

    Delport, who bats left-handed but bowls right-arm medium, is a global hired-gun in T20 competitions. He joined Essex on a two-year contract this season following two seasons with Leicestershire in 2017/18. The Durban-born all-rounder made his first-class debut in 2009 and T20 debut in 2010, and in the ensuing period has represented a lengthy list of teams, including South Africa A, Sydney Thunder, Chittagong Vikings, Islamabad United, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Lahore Qalanders, Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel.

    Now in its 85th 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.

    Essex v Surrey scorecard
    Cameron Delport’s career statistics

    Knight Moves Ahead

    England captain Heather Knight has taken up top spot in the challenge for this year’s Walter Lawrence Women’s Award after scoring a sparkling unbeaten 159 for Berkshire against Cricket Wales. Knight’s innings, which was scored off 125 balls and included 15 fours and 1 six, saw her side home by 3 wickets after chasing down Wales’ total of 232 for 9 in the Division 2 match at Pontarddulais CC on May 26.

    Knight, who won the Walter Lawrence Women’s Award in 2013 with a score of 157 for England against Australia, has been an England regular since her debut in 2010 and attained the captaincy in 2016. The 28-year-old all-rounder led her country to a thrilling win in the first ever Women’s World Cup, which climaxed with a nail-biting victory over India at Lord’s. Following the team’s success she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Years Honours list and in April 2018 was named one of the five Wisden Cricketers Of The Year.

    To date she has played in 7 Tests, 98 One-Day Internationals and 60 T20 Internationals and has recently been involved in England Women’s forlorn attempt to win back the Ashes from Australia.

    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.