• Jamie Porter of Essex and Somerset’s Tom Abell joined the shortlist as wildcards
  • The award recognises the best young talent in the LV= County Championship
  • Essex, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire represented

Here’s a reminder of our  shortlist:

Jamie Porter – Essex – DOB 25 May 1993

Jamie Porter showing his bowling skills on the pitch

Plucked from club cricket towards the end of last season, Porter has been a revelation for Essex, forming a potent new-ball partnership with veteran seamer Dave Masters. Having progressed so far in a short space of time, Porter is a young seamer definitely worth keeping an eye on.

Tom Abell – Somerset – DOB 5 March 1994

Tom Abell batting and sending the ball far out onto the pitch

Abell has been given the opportunity to open the batting with Marcus Trescothick this season and the impressive manner in which he’s responded demonstrates why Somerset think so highly of him. He has settled quickly into the professional game, scoring eight fifties in his first 15 first-class matches.

Alex Davies – Lancashire – DOB 23 August 1994

Alex Davies about to strike a cricket ball

Alex is a keeper-batsman who has grasped his opportunity with both hands at Lancashire this season. With Jos Buttler spending the majority of his time with England, Davies has stepped up to the plate and while it's his batting that has mainly attracted attention so far in this campaign he’s also a very tidy gloveman with bags of potential.

Craig Miles – Gloucestershire – DOB 20 July 1994

Craig Miles shows his bowling prowess on the pitchA tall young seamer who bustles in and bowls at a lively pace, Craig strikes with regularity in championship cricket (SR under 45) and is an exciting wicket taking prospect. Spoken of highly around the county circuit by players and coaches alike he’s been tipped for higher honours by many.

Jack Leaning -  Yorkshire – DOB 18 October 1993

Jack Leaning raises his bat and helmet high celebrating the match

A determined young batsman with a fantastic temperament and run making ability, Jack finds ways to score runs in challenging circumstances. He’s an adaptable player and has batted in a number of positions for Yorkshire which demonstrates his flexibility. His century early in the season against a very strong Nottinghamshire attack was all class.

Luke Wood – Nottinghamshire – DOB 2 August 1995

Luke Wood about to bowl a very fast ball down the pitch

Luke has made huge strides this season, his first as a professional on the staff at Trent Bridge, and has claimed 19 LV= County Championship scalps at the very useful average of 28. Interestingly, his big moment in the sun came with the bat, striking a maiden first-class hundred from No.9 against Sussex.

Oliver Robinson – Sussex – DOB 1 December 1993

Oliver Robinson throws his hands high celebrating getting the batsman out

Oliver started in the Kent Academy as a batsman who bowled a bit and found his way into the Yorkshire T20 side as predominantly an end of innings bowler. A gifted cricketer and one of the more talented players you will see with bat, ball and in the field.

Tom Curran – Surrey  - DOB 12 March 1995

Tom Curran with hands held high celebrating bowling out the batsman

Tom’s energy and enthusiasm impressed Surrey coach Graham Ford last year, securing him a first-choice spot in 2015. Son of Kevin Curran (former Gloucestershire & Northamptonshire cricketer), this year his bustling right-arm seam has brought him 25 wickets at 31.68 in the LV= County Championship, and, chipping in with useful runs at No.9, a top-score of 60.