Wilson named Lancashire player of the year

Thomas Wilson picks up his award as Disability Player of the Year. Picture:  Peter McFall
Thomas Wilson picks up his award as Disability Player of the Year. Picture: Peter McFall
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A Scorton cricketer has ended a fine year by picking up a major county award.

Thomas Wilson was named the Disability Player of the Year at the Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Development of Excellence presentation evening after topping the Red Rose batting averages.

The England international was part of the Lancashire Physical Disability/Learning Disability squad that were crowned champions of the British Association for Cricketers with Disability and ECB D40 County Championship after defeating Shropshire.

The award caps an excellent 12 months for the top-order batsman who was also part of the Three Lions Learning Disabilities squad that hammered Australia 5-1 in their own backyard in March.

Former Ripley St Thomas pupil Wilson, who plays locally for Westmorland League side Kirkby Lonsdale, said: “I was pleased to win the award with all my team mates and all the other county players there.

“It’s been a really good year for me.

“Playing for England and beating Australia and then winning the championship with Lancashire was brilliant.”

The event on Monday, November 30, saw the LCB hold their awards for all their representative teams in The Point at Emirates Old Trafford, with more than 750 players, parents, guests and officials in attendance.

The evening was compered by LCB managing director Bobby Denning and trophies were presented by Lancashire County Cricket Club cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles.

Mr Denning said: “We continue to pride ourselves on producing home grown talent linking our pathways into Lancashire County Cricket Club and this evening was about celebrating this.

“The game is about the players and I would like to congratulate all our representative players this evening.

“Wearing the Red Rose comes with responsibility on and off the field and I sincerely hope they all continue to strive to have the honour that comes with being a county player.

“I am delighted also that we recognised an important part of our work this evening, the LCB Disability Player Pathway.”