Dan Lawrence is taking the ICC Under-19 World Cup by storm. He tops the charts with 226 runs in two innings and England will be hoping he’s not finished yet.
So, as England’s young star introduces himself to the world, we take a look at the left-handed opener from Essex, the county that has previously provided England with Graham Gooch and Alastair Cook at the top of the order.
Lawrence currently sits on top of the run-scorers’ table at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh with 288 runs in three matches, comprising a century and two half-centuries, at an average of 96.00. He has been a pivotal figure in England’s unblemished Group C charge to the World Cup Quarter-Finals and his talent gives his country reason to have hgh hopes for the future.
Lawrence’s 161 for Essex against Surrey in April 2015, in just his second first-class game, saw him become the third youngest player in Championship history to reach three figures. He was only 17 years and 290 days old. The Oval pitch was great for batting, but Lawrence belied his age to score a chanceless ton as he also become the youngest ever Essex century maker in first-class cricket.
“It was obviously a great feeling,” says Lawrence when asked to recollect the landmark. “It was against Surrey, and it was only my second game, so I was quite nervous. I wasn’t really expecting to do much. But I was playing against Pietersen and Kumar, so it was a great feeling getting a hundred against them. Having all my family there and getting a hundred at The Oval was surreal.”
Lawrence is a product of Chingford Cricket Club, where he first opened the batting at the tender age of 13, and he has also spent time playing in Australia, for Australian club side Newton and Chilwell.
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