Teenager Jake Libby has won the Gunn & Moore Cricket World batting performance award for June. The 19-year-old from Pensilva in Cornwall hit 452 runs at an average of 90.4 across six matches in June for his club Callington.
He began the month in fine fashion, hitting two centuries over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend (117 against St Austell and 145 against Grampound Road), and followed that up with an innings of 117 not out against St Just the following Saturday.
Libby - who has just finished his first year at Cardiff Metropolitan University - is a right-handed opening batsman who looks to occupy the crease, and has risen through the Cornwall Cricket Board youth ranks, representing the county’s age-group teams since under-11 level despite being born in neighbouring Devon. He has also been included in the West of England squad at various age levels and made his debut for Cornwall’s first-team in the Minor Counties Championship last season.
Others who made the shortlist for this month’s award include Welbeck Colliery opener Martin Dobson, who made 332 runs from five matches; Herefordshire and Brockhampton batsmen Chris Boroughs, who hit 190 against Leamington on 2nd June; and Exmouth number three David Lye, who hit 266 runs from just four matches.
Current and ex-professional cricketers are not eligible for the award, although there are many who put in notable performances across the 26 ECB Premier Leagues. They include former New Zealand international Jamie How (218 runs from five matches for Kendal); Derbyshire batsman Alex Hughes (256 runs and seven wickets for Swarkestone); Northamptonshire and Wellingborough Town all-rounder Christian Davis (191 runs and 10 wickets); former Glamorgan all-rounder Richard Grant (216 runs and nine wickets for Ynysygerwn); and South African all-rounder Brett Pelser, who did the double of 200 runs and 10 wickets for Leyland.