Lavelle and Threlkeld win Players of the Year at LCB Awards
George Lavelle, LCB County Age Group Under 17 wicket keeper batsman was named the Cedric Rhodes Boys Player of the Season and Ellie Threlkeld, LCB County Age Group Under 17 (and Lancashire Thunder) wicket keeper and bat, named the Girls Cedric Rhodes Player of the Season.
Both George and Ellie received their awards at the annual Lancashire Cricket Board (LCB) Development of Excellence Presentation Evening for 2016 in association with the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) sponsored by Yellow Panther part of Industrial Space Solutions Ltd on Monday 05 December in The Point at Emirates Old Trafford.
George, aged 16, won this award last year making it two years in a row being named the boys player of the year. He has performed consistently to a high level all season and his contribution to the Under 17 team’s success was down to his dynamic performances with bat which included 3 centuries, aligned to the pressure he created behind the stumps which totalled 28 victims. Playing a year young to his peers makes his performances more impressive. He represented the ECB North of England at Under 17s level in the Super 4s competition. George plays his club cricket at Ormskirk CC and goes to Merchant Taylors School in Crosby, Liverpool.
Ellie, aged 17, has made steps up to play alongside full International players in the Kia Super League and has acted as a role model to both her team mates and those in younger age groups. With 350 runs, an average of 58 including a century against Cheshire, a Lancashire Thunder contract and England Women’s Senior Academy selection has made for a successful year. Ellie plays her club cricket at Rainford CC and goes to Winstanley College in Orrell, Wigan.
The evening is aimed at celebrating and congratulating all involved with junior county age group and disability squads. This year the success of Team Manchester was also celebrated following their national victory in the ECB City Cup.
2016 has been a good year for the county with all the age groups taken together winning 60% of all games. National success has been had by the Boys Under 10s, 12s and 13s winning their respective Taunton Festivals, with the Under 17s reaching the ECB County Championship final. Girls’ success was seen at Under 17 level where they were the T20 North Division winners.
Bobby Denning, LCB’s Managing Director, 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 that we continue to recognise an important part of our work this evening, the LCB Disability Player Pathway and Team Manchester success.
“Special mention must go to John and Myra Isterling for their significant contribution to the LSCA and LCB, scoring and umpiring on our age group programmes for over 20 years.”
Stephen Titchard, LCB’s Performance Manager, said: “On behalf of the Lancashire Cricket Board I’d like to congratulate all the players that have represented LCB County Age Groups squads this year. These players are the best players currently playing within their age groups and we hope some of them will go on to represent Lancashire at the senior level.
“I would also like to thank the LSCA who work in partnership with us to deliver a comprehensive county age group programme, the LCCC Foundation for their continued financial support and the Lancashire County Cricket Club. Thanks to all the managers, coaches and officials who help ensure these squads perform to their highest level.
“A special thanks to Yellow Panther for sponsoring our annual presentation evening this year and in particular Gunjan Parikh for enabling this to happen.”
Jennifer Barden, LCB’s Women & Girls Cricket Development Officer, added: “Once again a great showing from the female players in the County, plenty of performances and even more girls playing County cricket than ever before! Well done to everyone for representing their County in 2016. There are some exciting talents moving through the pathway and we look forward to seeing them representing Lancashire Thunder in the years to come. It’s exciting times to be involved with women and girls cricket and we look forward to the future in Lancashire.
“Many thanks to all the volunteers, clubs, parents, players, officials who have all helped give these players the opportunity to represent their county.”