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Voting for the 2014 LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award is now open!

A shortlist of five England-qualified players under the age of 24 have now been selected by our panel. The panel included ECB performance director David Parsons, former England skipper Mike Gatting and PCA Chairman Mark Wallace.

These players have been hugely impressive in the LV= County Championship this season and shown potential to be an international star of the future. You can now vote for who you think should win the coveted LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award.

So who should win in 2014?

It’s up to you! Simply vote for your favourite LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player using the form below, and you’ll also go into the draw to win a cricket bat signed by the England Investec Ashes Test team. But please hurry, as voting closes at 11.59pm on Friday 12 September.

The player with the highest number of votes will receive the LV= County Championship Breakthrough Player Award trophy, and LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots cricket initiative of their choice. The winner will be announced here shortly after.

LV= Breakthrough Player 2013 – Surrey's Rory Burns

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

Zafar Ansari (Surrey)

Age: 22

Form: Allrounder

  1. Runs so far this LVCC season – 731
  2. Batting average – 56.23
  3. Wickets so far this LVCC season – 21
  4. Bowling average – 34.00
Zafar Ansari

More about Zafar

Zafar Ansari came through the Surrey youth system as a left-arm spinning all-rounder, before his cricket career took a back seat to a degree at Cambridge. Cricket became his chosen path though, and his full-time focus on the game in the 2014 season has seen some impressive results. A maiden first-class century against Derbyshire in June, followed by a five-wicket haul against Leicestershire in the following game, marked him out as a key talent. He has also played for England at U15, U17 and U19 level.

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Age: 22

Form: Allrounder

  1. Runs so far this LVCC season – 214
  2. Batting average – 30.57
  3. Wickets so far this LVCC season – 37
  4. Bowling average – 24.14
Lewis Gregory

More about Lewis

Plymouth-born all-rounder Lewis Gregory started his career in the Minor Counties Championship for Devon, before breaking into the one-day squads in Somerset. 2013 saw him play more first-class cricket in the West Country, and his performances have kept on improving in 2014, with career-best figures of 11-122 against Northants in July. The match took his tally to an impressive 37 wickets in seven Championship games.

Alex Lees (Yorkshire)

Age: 21

Form: Opening batsman

  1. Runs so far this LVCC season – 693
  2. Batting average – 43.31
  3. Wickets so far this LVCC season – 0
  4. Bowling average – n/a
Alex Lees

More about Alex

Alex Lees has been singled out by fellow Yorkshireman Geoffrey Boycott as "the whole package", and Lees certainly emulates Boycott’s love of 'digging in'. After becoming the youngest Yorkshire player to score a Championship double hundred last season, he has regularly filled the opening spot in the county’s LV=CC campaign in 2014. A century in his first match with the England Lions in their February tour to Sri Lanka will also have put him on the radar for future international honours.

Adam Riley (Kent)

Age: 22

Form: Off-spin bowler

  1. Runs so far this LVCC season – 91
  2. Batting average – 13.00
  3. Wickets so far this LVCC season – 33
  4. Bowling average – 28.66
Adam Riley

More about Adam

Adam Riley is a 22-year-old off-spinner who is already being touted as a potential replacement for Graeme Swann. Last season he was the second spinner in the Kent side behind James Tredwell, but he exploded onto the scene in 2014 with over 30 wickets in the season so far. With Tredwell on loan at Sussex, Riley has had the opportunity to shine as the sole spinner for his county. Established cricketing names such as Andrew Strauss and Angus Fraser have shown interest in the young man from Kent, boding well for international ambitions.

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Age: 24

Form: Middle order batsman

  1. Runs so far this LVCC season – 753
  2. Batting average – 50.20
  3. Wickets so far this LVCC season – 6
  4. Bowling average – 44.50
Jason Roy

More about Jason

Like Ansari, Jason Roy is a product of the Surrey youth system, having represented the county since U11 level. His quick-scoring style made him shine initially in limited-overs cricket, before he broke into regular four-day appearances for Surrey. Solid scores throughout this season’s County Championship including centuries against Gloucestershire and Hampshire, and regular knocks in the 70s and 80s, have cemented him as one of the country’s up and coming middle order batsmen.

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Prize Draw Terms and Conditions

  1. You will automatically be entered into our prize draw as long as you successfully submit your vote on line for the Breakthrough Player Award to us by 11.59pm on Friday 12 September 2014. You don't need to buy anything to be entered.
  2. You can only have one entry into the prize draw. Any further entries will not be counted.
  3. The prize is a cricket bat signed by the England Test team. We may substitute the prize at any time for a prize of similar value.
  4. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  5. The prize draw is not open to LV= staff, their immediate family or anyone directly connected with the prize draw.
  6. The prize draw is open to residents of the UK who are aged 18 years or older.
  7. We won't accept responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged in electronic submission. Proof of electronic submission is not proof of receipt.
  8. The prize draw will be held on Friday 19 September 2014, when a winning entry will be randomly selected. The judge's decision is final.
  9. The winner will be notified using the details provided (phone or email), week commencing Monday 22 September 2014. We'll make all reasonable effort to contact the winner. Where we can't make contact by Monday 29 September, we'll choose another winner at random and contact them as soon as possible. If you would like to know the name of the winner please send a SAE to LV=, County Gates, Bournemouth, BH1 2NF up to two months after the closing date.
  10. We have the right to change the prize draw terms and conditions and to withdraw the prize at any time.
  11. We reserve the right to disqualify any entry which breaches any of these Terms and Conditions.
  12. Entry into this prize draw will be deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.
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