Durham’s Borthwick makes award short-list

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DURHAM County’s Scott Borthwick has made the short-list for cricket’s County Championship Breakthrough Player award.

The Sunderland-born 23-year-old is one of only half-a-dozen young players put forward for the honour which was last season won by current England man-of-the-moment Joe Root.

Intended to recognise the most promising young player in cricket’s County Championship, the award is testament to the next generation of future England Test cricketers playing in the domestic competition - as Root has gone on to prove.

Borthwick’s competition for the award comes from Leicestershire batsman Shiv Thakor, Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance, Surrey’s Rory Burns, Sussex batsman Luke Wells and Northamptonshire bowler David Willey.

The half-dozen finalists were selected by a vastly-experienced judging panel which included ex-England stars Mike Gatting and Alec Stewart based on their performances in the LV=3D County Championship so far this season, as well the last month of last season.

A spokesperson for LV=3D said: “Following the success of Joe Root last season, this award proves the importance of recognising the outstanding young talent playing in the county championship.

“The competition continues to unearth potential Test stars and by championing these players we are ensuring they are given the opportunity to break through.”

To vote for your breakthrough player and be in with a chance of winning a signed England bat, visit www.LV.com/cricket<http://www.LV.com/cricket>.

The winner will be based on the highest number of public votes and as part of the prize, LV=3D will make a £1,000 donation to a grass-roots cricket initiative of the winner’s choosing.