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Congratulations to Surrey’s Rory Burns – our 2013 LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award winner!

Voted for by you, the fans, Rory receives the LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award trophy, and has nominated the Tom Maynard Trust to receive our £1,000 donation.

Speaking at the presentation, Rory said “I am genuinely surprised to have won the award and it is a real honour to have been voted for by so many cricket fans. The other nominees are all players I really admire so to win the award is a huge achievement and one that I am very proud of.

I have really enjoyed my first full season of first class cricket, I feel I have made some useful contributions and I am looking forward to building on my performances next season.

I would like thank Surrey for giving me the opportunity over the past twelve months to open the batting in the LV=County Championship and I must also thank all the Surrey members and supporters that voted for me.”

Surrey's Rory Burns being presented with the 2013 LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award by Mike Gatting

2013 nominees

Gary Ballance (Yorkshire) LHB

Born: November 22, 1989

2013 form: 314 LV=CC runs at 44.85, one hundred and three fifties.

Portrait shot of Gary Ballance

More about Gary Ballance

Born in Zimbabwe, Ballance made the shortlist for last year’s LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award, narrowly beaten by team mate Joe Root. His batting came into great effect last season, recording 613 championship runs, including an unbeaten 121 against Gloucestershire as Yorkshire went on to chase 400. Ballance has picked up where he left off last season and is showing the form he is quickly becoming known for.

Scott Borthwick (Durham)

Born: April 19, 1990

2013 form: 375 LV=CC runs at 41.66 and 14 wickets at 29.35.

Portrait shot of Scott Borthwick

More about Scott Borthwick

Scored maiden LV=CC (101) at No. 8 v Warwickshire. Took career-best figures of 6-70 in 2nd innings against Surrey and then scored 42 at No.3 in successful run-chase. A young leg spinner with a bright future, Borthwick spent a summer down under honing his skills before returning to claim 35 wickets in the 2011 season. Since then he has regularly impressed and gone on to play two ODIs. So far this year he has toured Australia with England Lions, hinting at his great potential.

Rory Burns (Surrey) LHB

Born: August 26, 1990

2013 form: 381 LV=CC runs at 42.33 including two hundreds in first full season opening for Surrey.

Portrait shot of Rory Burns

More about Rory Burns

A graduate of the Pemberton Greenish Surrey Academy, the young batsman also keeps wicket for Surrey and has quickly made a name for himself since his first-class debut against Cambridge MCCC in 2011, where he recorded 23.

Shiv Thakor (Leicestershire) RHB

Born: October 22, 1993

2013 form: 316 LV=CC runs at 63.20, including his maiden championship century and three fifties.

Portrait shot of Shiv Thakor

More about Shiv Thakor

Somewhat of a record breaker at Leicestershire, Thakor became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut when he scored a brilliant 134 against Loughborough MCCU in 2011, the same year he made his LV= County Championship debut. He is also a skilled bowler to compliment his batting, making him a very special young talent.

Luke Wells (Sussex) LHB

Born: December 29, 1990

2013 form: 382 LV=CC runs at 76.40 including maiden double hundred at the Oval against Surrey.

Portrait shot of Luke Wells

More about Luke Wells

Son of former England batsman Alan, the Sussex born and bred left handed batsman is well on his way to beating his best run tally of 824, hit in 2011. Hitting a very impressive 208 at the Oval helped his side to a win over rivals Surrey and cemented the reputation he is forging for himself and a supreme batsman.

David Willey (Northamptonshire) LFM LHB

Born: February 28, 1990

2013 form: 22 LV=CC wickets at 24.40, including one five-for, and 193 runs at 32.16, including two fifties.

Portrait shot of David Willey

More about David Willey

Made significant contribution to Northants’ innings victory over Essex with eight wickets and 76 off 78 balls that helped his side recover from 171 for 8 to 399 all out, a first-innings lead of 216. Willey made a half century on his first class debut and claimed 43 first class wickets last season, pushing himself into contention for the England Lions.

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