With three centuries from five innings in July, Paul Borrington is the Kingfisher Beer Cricket World Club Cricketer of the Month. He has scored 409 runs in the past month for Ticknall at an average of 81.80 and has helped his team into third position in the Derbyshire Premier League.
His highest score is 137 and came at the beginning of the month against Lullington Park, while his other centuries have come against Dunstall and Quarndon. On top of his prolific form in club cricket, he has also put in some solid performances for Derbyshire second eleven, which has resulted in the club recently announcing that it has given him a new three-year contract.
Now aged 23, Borrington, son of former Derbyshire wicket-keeper Tony, was earmarked from an early age as a special talent and, despite being born in Nottingham is a product of the Derbyshire Academy. He made his debut for Ticknall first eleven in 2004 at the age of just 16 and quickly followed that with a first-team appearance for Derbyshire in 2005. However, like many young players he struggled to make an impression early on and averaged only 21 and 25 in his first two seasons with Ticknall, and was bowled for only four on his first-class debut against Leicestershire.
Undeterred, he soldiered on and averaged over 40 in his next three seasons for Ticknall, and eventually made his maiden first-class century, albeit for Loughborough University against Worcestershire, in 2008. The year was to prove a breakthrough one for Borrington and, after completing the third year of his Sports Science with Management degree; he found a regular place in the Derbyshire batting line-up and made a series of determined half-centuries.
Since then his form has been mixed. In 2009 he hit his highest first-class score to date with an innings of 105 for Loughborough University against Hampshire, but followed that with a disappointing 2010 season for Derbyshire during which he averaged only 20.50 in 12 innings that culminated in his axing from the first team. However, his form with Ticknall went from strength to strength and he averaged a personal-best 66 in 2010.
He backed this up with a stellar performance on Derbyshire’s 2011 pre-season trip to Barbados and, but for an ankle injury, would have started the season at the top of the county’s batting order. Now completely recovered from that untimely injury, he will be hoping that his form for Ticknall will help him break his way into the Derbyshire team for the latter part of the 2011 season.
Other top club performers in July include Kent’s Sam Billings, who hit a July highest score of 208 for Hartley Country Club against Lordswood, and Jamie Thorpe, who has the month’s best bowling analysis following his nine for 17 in the Middlesex Premier.
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