It has been double delight for two of Notts cricketers at Trent Bridge today after young bowler Lyndon James extends his contract for two further years at the club whilst batsman Joe Clarke wins the lucrative award for scoring the fastest century of the season.
Clarke scored a 44 ball 100 not out in Notts T20 North Group match verses Durham earlier in the season and becomes the seventh Trent Bridge based player to win the Walter Lawrence Trophy, an award in its 86th year given for the player that scored the quickest ton of the domestic county campaign.
Clarke joins the likes of Joe Hardstaff who did it in 1937, Cyril Poole who scored the quickest century of 1949, Sir Garfield Sobers who of course was so good he did it twice (in 1968 & 1974), Paul Johnson who scooped the award in 1993, New Zealander Chris Cairns who achieved it three years later (1996) and Mark Ealham who achieved the fabulous feat for Notts in 2006.
The trophy was until 1985 given to the player who scored the quickest hundred in minutes, rather than balls, but since the era of the shortened format that has since been changed with Tom Moody hitting a best ever hundred inside 36 balls the quickest whilst playing for Warwickshire verses Glamorgan in 1990.
Committing his future to Notts some more is Lyndon James an Academy graduate since the age of ten who has found reason to celebrate today after the club extended his contract until 2022.
The 21 year old has played two first class matches for the county over the last two years regularly captaining the Second XI along the way.
James stated “I really enjoyed getting another taste of First-Class cricket this summer, and to have been around the first team, having the chance to show how my game has evolved since I made my debut, was really valuable.”
“The challenge is on for me to make sure I’m at the top of my game to push those in possession and earn a regular place in the side.”
*Main image @TrentBridge Lyndon James commits until 2022.