A genuine attacking leg-spinner, Lawson made his way through the youth ranks at Yorkshire accompanied by rave reviews and no little expectation.
He made his second XI debut for Yorkshire in 2003, when he took the catch which secured the Second XI Championship, and also won England Under-19 honours before appearing for the Yorkshire first team - against Somerset at Scarborough - the following year.
Formerly a member of the ECB’s Elite Wrist Spin Programme - run by Shane Warne’s mentor, Terry Jenner - Lawson made three appearances and took seven wickets as Yorkshire won promotion from LV County Championship Division Two in 2005.
He featured more prominently in 2006, taking 26 wickets in seven matches, with the highlight of his season a return of 6-88 as he and fellow leg-spinner Adil Rashid shared 10 wickets in an innings against Middlesex at Scarborough.
However, Rashid’s rise restricted Lawson to a solitary championship appearance in 2007, and he was loaned out to Middlesex midway through the subsequent season.
He played just once for Middlesex - failing to take a wicket in the tour match against South Africa - and, was released from his Yorkshire contract in August.
Lawson played the final championship game of the season for Derbyshire after joining on a short-term deal, and the county retained his registration for the 2009 campaign.
However, he failed to make an impact and was released at the end of the season.