Lancashire Setting Agenda In North West Sports

Red Rose batsman Paul Horton was last night named the BBC North West Sports Awards Newcomer for 2007. The glitzy Awards Ceremony took place at Manchester’s new Hilton Hotel and the “Newcomer” category was voted for by a distinguished panel of judges from the North West media. In this prestigious category, Horton was up against Swimmer Michael Rock and Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson. But Paul’s success was almost a repeat of the 2006 Awards, when Lancashire Seamer Tom Smith picked up the same award for his fantastic debut season. Not only is this Award recognition for outstanding individual performances, but further acknowledgement for the fantastic Development System in place at Lancashire County Cricket Club. Following the Awards Ceremony, Cricket Manager Mike Watkinson commented; “It’s a great honour for Lancashire to have two of its own players named as the Emerging Talent of the Year, particularly when you consider the massive amount of top quality sport played in the North West. These Awards are a tremendous endorsement for the Junior System and Development programmes in place at Lancashire – and although Paul was born abroad, he has been part of our system since the age of 15 and learnt his trade here in the North West.” Both Paul and Tom return to full-time training with the rest of the Lancashire squad next Monday (3rd December), four months before the 2008 domestic season starts. Smith will also continue to be part of the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) 2007 Skill Set Programme at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough, where 54 of the Country’s best emerging talent enhance their skills under the watchful eye of John Abrahams, the ECB’s Elite Player Development Manager. © Lancashire CCC
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