Tuesday 25 September 2007 

Marcus North Claims Walter Lawrence Trophy

Gloucestershire all-rounder Marcus North is the winner of the 2007 Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the season’s fastest first-class century. Fittingly, 73 years on from the Trophy’s instigation, North triumphs with a 73-ball hundred scored against Leicestershire at Bristol on May 5.

North, the 28-year-old left-handed batsman from Western Australia, who previously enjoyed spells at Durham, Lancashire and Derbyshire, hit 13 fours and a six during his pace-setting hundred. He will be presented with the Walter Lawrence Trophy and a cheque for £5,000 at a special lunch in The Long Room at Lord’s on October 18.

At the lunch, Simon Butler, the 23-year-old Cardiff UCCE batsman, who scored 167 for his side against Leeds/Bradford UCCE at Cardiff on May 3, will receive a silver medallion and prize of £1,000. Butler is the second winner of the Walter Lawrence Trophy award for the highest score by a batsman from the six MCC Universities against one of the other five University Centres of Cricketing Excellence or against one of the first-class counties.

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