County news September 29, 2008

Napier wins Walter Lawrence Trophy

Cricinfo staff

Graham Napier has won the 2008 Walter Lawrence Trophy for the season's fastest hundred, having reached three figures off 44 balls against Sussex in the Twenty20 on route to his record-breaking 152.

For the first time in its 74-year history the trophy was made open to all domestic county competitions this season so Napier becomes the first winner with a limited-over innings.

Napier's entire innings took just 58 balls as he hit 16 sixes - a Twenty20 record - and 10 fours. He will be presented with the Walter Lawrence Trophy and a cheque for £5,000 at a special dinner in the Long Room at Lord's on October 15.

At the dinner, Akbar Ansari, the 20-year-old Cambridge University allrounder, will be presented with the 2008 Walter Lawrence Trophy award for the highest-scoring batsman from the six MCC Universities. He made 193 against Oxford University in the Varsity match at The Parks on July 3.