Willey takes Lawrence award for summer’s quickest ton

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David Willey has won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest century of the 2015 season.

The 25-year-old all-rounder thrashed 10 sixes and seven fours in his breathtaking 40-ball hundred for Northamptonshire Steelbacks against Sussex Sharks in the NatWest t20 Blast quarter-final at Hove on August 12.

He just edged out two world-class batsmen, Brendon McCullum (42) and Chris Gayle (45).

Willey, who joins Yorkshire next season having opted to leave the County, is only the second batsman representing Northamptonshire to win the award since its inception in 1937.

The first was Colin Milburn in 1966 (Milburn’s win in 1969 was for an England innings).

He will receive the Trophy, along with prize money of £3,000, at the Walter Lawrence Presentation dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s on November 3.

Now in its 81st year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, is open to all domestic county competitions as well as One-Day Internationals, T20 Internationals and Test matches in England.