- Tom was added as a wildcard back in August to face the public vote
- He had a string of impressive performances, including a maiden century against Hampshire
- As well as the trophy Tom also wins £1,000 to donate to a grassroots cricket initiative of his choice
Voted for by our cricket fans, Tom joins Joe Root (2012), Rory Burns (2013) and Alex Lees (2014) in our LV= Breakthrough Player ‘hall of fame’. Tom was picked as a wildcard and entered the shortlist after batting through the whole Somerset innings for an unbeaten 77 against Nottinghamshire in June, and for 88 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston a few weeks later.
I’m over the moon to win this season’s LV= Breakthrough Player Award. I’ve come into some good form towards the end of the season and obviously hitting my maiden century against Hampshire a few weeks ago is a particular highlight. As a local lad, opening the batting with Marcus has been a dream and he’s provided huge support – Tom Abell at his trophy presentation
The following is a copy of the transcript taken from Tom Abell’s trophy presentation video.
Tom Abell - TA
Marcus Trescothick - MT
Mark Butcher - MB
TA: I’m absolutely delighted to have won the LV= Breakthrough Award. I think looking at the players I was up against they have had fantastic seasons as well, so yes it sort of brings an extra deal of pleasure I guess to me to have won the award.
TA: Playing for Somerset is a massive thing for me. I’m just relishing the opportunities I am getting and I have a really good partnership at the top of the order with Tres which I think has been a massive improvement. Yes, so I am just absolutely thrilled that my efforts have been recognised. It’s very special to be able to represent my county.
MT: Tom has come along really well. He missed the start of the season through a broken finger that he sustained while at university but obviously coming back in he has been great. He is just a pleasure to open the batting with and we’re forming a good partnership at the top of the order. Really just getting to know each other and understanding how we all operate together and how we work as a partnership.
MT: For Tom winning the LV= Breakthrough Player of the Year Award I think it is an important catalyst for little things that go along in every young players career. He is going to move away and play a bit in the winter abroad and come back hopefully a better player. Who knows what lies ahead!
MB: Tom overall has had an interesting season. 12 games in the LV= County Championship, he made his maiden first class hundred in that time and has made five 50’s and is probably rather enjoying opening the batting for With Marcus Trescothick.
MB: Observers will talk about his footwork which looks pretty crisp and technically he looks very sound. It is an award that perhaps comes to him on the back of some timely performances. That hundred only happened in the last 3 or 4 weeks or so, so perhaps fresh in the minds of the voters. But yes, a lot of people have been very impressed with him, myself included, so thoroughly well deserved.