The Newtown and Chilwell Cricket Club congratulates last summer’s Merriman Medallist Daniel Lawrence on claiming a special place in the history of first-class cricket in England.
Lawrence, who spent the 2014/2015 season with the Two Blues, scored 161 against Surrey at The Oval to become Essex’s youngest century-maker in the County Championship, and third youngest ever for the entire competition.
“In many ways it is not a surprise, we knew from watching Daniel play for our club that he was something special,” said N&CCC president Phil Morgan.
“But gee, to have done it with such a big century, at a cherished cricket ground like The Oval and playing against superstars like Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakarra, it is a great achievement.
“We congratulate Daniel, there are a lot of people at our club who right now are very proud of him, and also just a bit tired, having followed on the Internet his progress from first 48 not out overnight, to his century, then on to 161.”
Lawrence, just 17, arrived at the club last October as the fifth holder of the increasingly fabled Gooch/Insole scholarship set up between Newtown and Chilwell and the Essex County Cricket Club.
Another former scholarship holder, Jaik Mickleburgh, also featured in the game against Surrey, scoring 61.
Other scholarship holders have been Michael Comber, Sam Arthurton and Jon Carpenter.
“This is a unique partnership in the GCA and one we’re very proud of,” said Phil Morgan.
“The young English players get the benefit of playing in our conditions, while our players benefit from working with people who clearly come from a very professional set up.”
Newtown benefitted to the tune of 556 runs at an average of just over 42 from the young Englishman, who also kept wickets for most of the summer.
His performance earned him the highly prestigious Merriman Medal for the Two Blues’ player of the year.
Someone else thrilled with Daniel Lawrence’s historic performance overnight was his host while he lived in Geelong, N&CCC’s chairman of selectors, Phil Twaddle.
“I didn’t think I’d ever be jumping out of my chair when a Pom makes a ton but yeah, I did it,” Phil said.