• 2021 – L S Livingstone

    Liam Livingstone

    Liam Livingstone
    Photograph: Getty/ECB

    Liam Livingstone won the 2021 Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, with a scorching 42-ball century scored against Pakistan in the 1st T20 International at Trent Bridge on July 16. Livingstone smashed two England T20 records in the process, the fastest 50 in 17 balls – eclipsing Eoin Morgan’s 21-balls – and the fastest hundred, beating Dawid Malan’s 48-baller.

    Attempting to overhaul Pakistan’s huge total of 232 for 6, in what would have been an England record-chase, Livingstone stood tall as wickets fell around him, smoting 9 sixes and 6 fours in his innings of 103. Sadly, they fell short of their target but Livingstone’s brutally powerful knock, in only his sixth T20I, cemented his place in England’s 15-man preliminary squad for the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman beginning on October 17.

    Born in Barrow-in-Furness on August 4, 1993, Livingstone’s belligerent batting ability first caught the public’s attention after scoring a massive 350 off 138 balls for his club side Nantwich in a Royal London National Club Championship match in 2015, thought to be one of the highest individual scores in one-day history. He joined Lancashire the same year and made his first-class debut for them in 2016 before attaining the club captaincy in 2018.

    Following a stand-out performance for the England Lions side during the Ashes Winter of 2017/18, Livingstone was called up for England’s Test squad in 2018 and has since gained regular call-ups for the one-day squads.

    A right-hand bat, who bowls right-arm off-spin and leg-breaks, Livingstone’s exhilarating displays with the bat won him the Player of the Series award in the inaugural season of The Hundred, in which he represented losing finalists, Birmingham Phoenix. Not surprisingly, he has become a hot favourite in franchise cricket playing for, among others, Rajasthan Royals, Karachi Kings, Perth Scorchers and Peshawar Zalmi.

    Liam is the first player to win the Walter Lawrence Trophy with an England innings since the rule changed from ‘minutes taken’ to ‘balls received’ in 1985.

    England v Pakistan scorecard

    Liam Livingstone’s career statistics

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