Newcomers land Cricket Society awards

SOMERSET batsman Tom Lammonby and Southern Vipers spinner have both been recognised in the Cricket Society Awards for the 2020 season,

The pair have been named Best Newcomers for their respective performances in men’s firstclass cricket and in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy. respectively.

The Cricket Society decided upon two oneoff awards to mark the achievements of emerging players across the men’s and women’s domestic competitions. Both will receive cheques and trophy mementos.

Lammonby, 20, was a popular choice for the men’s award for performances in the Bob Willis Trophy after scoring three hundreds in six matches for Somerset – including in the final at Lord’s.

Devon-born Lammonby was the third highest scorer in the Trophy with 459 runs at an average of 51.00.

Hitting his maiden first class hundred in just his third game, he then carried his bat for 107no at Worcestershire to help his county to the final.

There, after a threeball first innings duck, he showed great character to score 116 in the second innings. Whilst Somerset just failed to win the Trophy, they will have the consolation of having unearthed a young cricketer with a bright future.

At 26 years old, Taylor may not fit the usual definition of “newcomer” but in her first season as a professional, she showed that the ECB’s new women’s domestic structure is uncovering hidden gems.

The off-spinner, who plays her county cricket for Hampshire, played a crucial role in the Vipers’ unbeaten path to the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final and finished as overall leading wicket- taker in the competition, with 15 wickets at an economy rate of 3.45.

Her performance in the final – which saw her take 6-34 – was astonishing and turned the match on its head.

Comments are closed.