18-year-old Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after making history during his side's six-wicket win over Kent.
By scoring an unbeaten 161 in the first innings, he became the youngest player to score back-to-back Championship centuries having registered a maiden century against Hampshire in the previous week.
His excellent innings enabled his side to post 418 in reply to Kent's 424 and after Kent were dismissed for 162, Durham eased home thanks to Stokes smashing an unbeaten 42 in just 22 balls in the second innings.
He won the match by hitting Joe Denly for 26 in one over with five fours and a six and his first innings saw him face 202 balls, hitting 19 fours and two sixes.
Stokes wins the weekly award despite stiff competition coming from Kent's Robert Key, Surrey's Mark Ramprakash and Somerset's James Hildreth for their batting exploits while bowlers who impressed this week were Surrey's Jade Dernbach, Warwickshire's Andrew Miller and Lancshire's Glen Chapple.
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