The 19-year-old batsman showed maturity beyond his years to salvage a draw for Essex with his 333-ball unbeaten 141.
Final vote results:
- Lawrence 39%
- Footitt 26%
- Abbott 23%
- Stoneman 12%
Kyle Abbott - Hampshire
7/41 in win over Yorkshire
New signing Kyle Abbott inspired Hampshire to a famous victory over Yorkshire in a dramatic clash at Headingley. After the south coast side fell well short of the White Rose’s first-innings total, the South African seamer took seven wickets for just 41 runs - including five of the top six - and effectively turned the match on its head.
Mark Footitt - Surrey
6/14 in 9 overs in win over Warwickshire
Surrey paceman Mark Footitt picked up where he left off after regaining full fitness at the end of last season, racing through the Warwickshire batting line-up in a devastating nine-over spell of 6/14. The England hopeful began his whirlwind effort by trapping Jonathan Trott lbw for 0 before felling five more Warks batsmen in rapid succession - four of them departing for ducks.
Mark Stoneman - Surrey
165 runs in win over Warwickshire
Mark Stoneman marked his Surrey debut in style with a thunderous innings to help see off Warwickshire. In a knock of great composure, Stoneman introduced himself to the Oval crowd with 24 fours and one six from 267 balls. His mammoth contribution ensured that Surrey need only bat once as they began 2017 with an innings victory.
Dan Lawrence - Essex
141 not out in draw with Lancashire
It was a case of no Alastair Cook, no problem for Essex as potential future England star Dan Lawrence came to the rescue. The top division’s new boys looked in trouble on Day Four with Jimmy Anderson’s Lancashire needing eight wickets for victory. But 19-year-old Lawrence was equal to the challenge, playing sublimely as he toiled for seven hours to a 333-ball unbeaten 141. An epic knock.