Dan Lawrence: A Product Of The Essex Youth System

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Dan Lawrence: England Cricketer

Dan Lawrence is a product of the Essex youth system, playing for Essex as early as at a U-13 level. A batsman by trade, Dan Lawrence scored a big century in his second County Championship match for Essex. Dan Lawrence followed this up with a sublime run in the 2016 U-19 World Cup, as he was the third highest run scorer in the competition. Born in 1997, Dan Lawrence’s career has been progressing at a fast pace and could well be a future England star.

Dan Lawrence’s County Championship start

Lawrence made an instant impact in the County Championship, after his debut that is. He was disappointing in his first red ball match for Essex, managing just 10 and 3 against Kent. However, in his second match, he sent out an ominous sign to all the bowlers in the County Championship. At the age of just 17, Lawrence hit a sublime 161 against Surrey. By notching this huge total, Dan Lawrence became the youngest ever Essex centurion, a record he still holds until this day. It is unlikely that it will be beaten anytime soon.

Dan Lawrence England Under 19
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Dan Lawrence in the 2016 U-19 World Cup

Although England did not manage to reach the final, their batsman lit up the tournament. Jack Burnham was the leading run scorer in the whole tournament, making 420 runs at an average of close to 85. However, Dan Lawrence was equally impressive. Lawrence hit 315 runs at an average of over 50, striking at over 100. His strike rate was outstanding, given that it was the highest among those who had scored over 270 runs in the tournament. Lawrence’s sublime run included one hundred and two fifties. Dan Lawrence’s 174 was the highest individual score in the tournament. These statistics speak for themselves, paying tribute to the immense talent he showed at a young age.

Dan Lawrence: Young Cricketer of the Year

In 2017, Dan Lawrence won the prestigious “Young Cricketer of the Year” award from the Cricket Writers’ Club. Previous winners of that award include Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. As well as his amazing World Cup run the previous year, Lawrence had a sublime 2017 County Championship season, scoring 761 runs. This came at an average of around 45 and included three hundreds and three fifties. He was Essex’s second highest run scorer in that season, behind Nick Browne. Dan Lawrence’s high score was an impressive unbeaten 141 against Lancashire. Lawrence was just 19 years old at the time. The “Young Cricketer of the Year” award was duly given to him.

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