Somerset batsman Tom Abell and Essex seamer Jamie Porter have today been chosen as wildcard picks for the prestigious 2015 LV= Breakthrough Player Award, the accolade that recognises emerging young talent in the domestic four-day game.
Voting is now open online on the LV= website and Somerset fans can support Tom by casting their vote at https://atheart.lv.com/lv-county-championship-breakthrough-player-award-voting by 9am on Monday 14 September. You’ll also go into the draw to win a cricket bat signed by the England Test team.
Tom follows in the footsteps of Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton, both of whom made the shortlist for the award in 2014.
Tom and Jamie join six other young county stars on this year’s eight-man shortlist after producing some standout performances in recent weeks.
The wildcards were selected to join the shortlist by an expert panel which included England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Performance Director David Parsons, former England player and LV= ambassador Mark Butcher, as well as former Australia bowler and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.
Tom, 21, has already achieved the rare feat of carrying his bat twice this season, batting through the whole Somerset innings for an unbeaten 77 against Nottinghamshire in June, and for 88 versus Warwickshire at Edgbaston a few weeks later.
“Tom has a lot of talent and is very highly thought of by both his team-mates and the Somerset supporters,” said Matthew Maynard, the county’s director of cricket. “He has a superb temperament and I have no doubt that he will go on to achieve big things in the years to come.”
Porter, a 22-year-old seamer from Leytonstone, is Essex’s leading wicket-taker in the LV= County Championship with 37.
“Jamie has been a breath of fresh air this season,” said Paul Grayson, the Essex head coach. “He’s shown he can bowl in all sorts of conditions, and his ratio for knocking over top-order batsmen is one of the best in the country.”
The other players on the shortlist are:
- Alex Davies – Lancashire
- Craig Miles – Gloucestershire
- Jack Leaning – Yorkshire
- Luke Wood – Nottinghamshire
- Oliver Robinson – Sussex
- Tom Curran – Surrey
We say: Tom can be very proud to be recognised in this way. It is a fitting reward for the way he has cemented his place at the top of the Somerset order in the County Championship during a difficult season for the club. We’d like to congratulate him on this honour and we’re sure all Somerset fans will get behind him in the public vote. Don’t forget to visit the LV= website and cast your vote today!
Read our special profile of Tom here: https://www.thein-cider.co.uk/ready-and-abell-somerset-make-long-term-investment-in-toms-promise/