August 19, 1994, Chatham, Kent
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Tom Kohler-Cadmore had made a name for himself as a Wisden Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year and one of the most-talented young batsmen in the county game - but it was a court case involving a former team-mate that brought him unwanted attention from a wider audience. Revelations during the trial of Alex Hepburn about sexist messages exchanged on a WhatsApp group led to Kohler-Cadmore and Joe Clarke being stood down from Lions duty and threatened to overshadow the start of a promising career.
Kohler-Cadmore and Clarke, who both played alongside Hepburn at Worcestershire, were fined and banned for bringing the game into disrepute. But Kohler-Cadmore bounced back quickly, scoring 1729 runs across all formats in the 2019 county season - more than any of his Yorkshire team-mates - and winning a reprieve with the Lions for the winter tour of Australia. In May, with the English summer on hold due to Covid-19, he was named in England's 55-man return-to-training group as part of ECB plans to salvage as much of the international calendar as possible.
His abilities as a destructive hitter, particularly down the ground, were not in doubt. In 2016, he struck the fastest hundred of the season, off 43 balls, and the following year he was tempted back to his home county, Yorkshire - a move that so infuriated Worcestershire's director of cricket, Steve Rhodes, that he was packed off in mid-season with barely time for his father - the New Road dressing room attendant - to say goodbye. In 2018, he was called up for a Lions debut, before news of court proceedings involving Hepburn put a check on his progress.
An outstanding schoolboy player, Kohler-Cadmore won a cricket scholarship to Malvern College and amassed 1,409 runs at an average in excess of 100 in his final year to claim the 2014 Wisden award. Brought up through Yorkshire's age-group teams - his name is inherited from his mother's German origins - he opted to sign for Worcestershire, where he made his debut as a teenager. Despite failing to reach 20 in his first eight first-class innings, he gradually found his feet. A century in a non-first-class game against Cambridge MCCU was followed by successive half-centuries against Leicestershire and Glamorgan before an innings of 99 against Leicestershire in July 2014.
The maiden first-class century finally came in the final game of the 2015 season, against Middlesex at New Road, and two more followed in 2016, including a career-best 169 against Gloucestershire. Proof of his dangerous T20 talents came when he posted 127 off 54 - then Worcestershire's highest individual score in that format - against Durham at New Road.
His career at Worcestershire ended abruptly in May 2017 after he told the club he would not be signing a new contract. Having declined large offers from several clubs - Warwickshire among them - he decided to return to Yorkshire, having just struck a century against them in a Royal London Cup tie at New Road. Rhodes, proud of a young side awash with homegrown talent, reacted furiously and, having informed Kohler-Cadmore he wouldn't be picked again, his move to Yorkshire was brought forward. He made his first team debut for them in July.
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