The shortlist of six players for this year’s LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award has been announced.
The nominees are Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance, Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick, Surrey batsman Rory Burns, Leicestershire’s Shiv Thakor, Sussex batsman Luke Wells and Northamptonshire bowler David Willey.
Launched by County Championship title sponsors LV=, the award is now in its second year after Yorkshire batsman Joe Root claimed the inaugural title in 2012.
Intended to recognise the most promising young player in cricket’s County Championship, the award is testament to the next generation of future England Test cricketers playing in the domestic competition - as Root has gone on to prove.
An esteemed four-man panel has put together the shortlist of six nominees for the award, based on their performances in the LV= County Championship so far this season as well as the last month of last season.
The panel comprises of former England captain and current Managing Director of Partnerships at the ECB Mike Gatting, PCA Chairman Mark Wallace, cricket writer John Stern and former England cricketer Alec Stewart.
Commenting on the award, LV= head of sponsorship Claire Jeromson said: “Following the success of Joe Root last season, this award proves the importance of recognising the outstanding young talent playing in the LV= County Championship.
“The competition continues to unearth potential Test stars and by championing these players we are ensuring they are given the opportunity to break through.”
To vote for your LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player and be in with a chance of winning a signed England bat, visit www.LV.com/cricket before voting closes on September 14 2013. The winner will be announced the following week.
The winner will be based on the highest number of public votes and, as part of the prize, LV= will make a £1,000 donation to a grassroots cricket initiative of the winner's choosing.