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BREAKTHROUGH: Robinson nominated for LV=Breakthrough Player Award


Ollie Robinson is in the running for the LV= Breakthrough of the Year Award (Photo: Pro Sport Images)

Sussex's Ollie Robinson is one of six young players around the county circuit who have nominated for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.

The accolade recognises emerging young talent in the domestic four-day game and the other five nominees are Jack Leaning (Yorkshire), Craig Miles (Gloucestershire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Luke Wood (Nottinghamshire) and Alex Davies (Lancashire), who all join Robinson in the running for the award, after catching the attention of both professionals and pundits with some stellar performances in the LV=County Championship so far this season.

21 year-old Robinson burst on to the scene earlier this season for Sussex, in their LV=CC match with Durham at the Emirates ICG. He struck a counter-attacking century on his first-class debut, putting on 164 runs for the final wicket with Matthew Hobden and surpassing a 107-year record for the best tenth-wicket partnership for Sussex in the process. He has since put in a number of encouraging performances with both bat and ball, and has also broke into Sussex's NatWest T20 Blast team. He took career-best figures of 6 for 33 at Hove in the first innings against Warwickshire.

The shortlist was selected by an expert panel which included England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Performance Director David Parsons, former England player and LV= ambassador Mark Butcher, as well as former Australian bowler and Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie. In August, the panel will then select two wildcard picks to be added to the shortlist, giving any players who hit a good run of form a chance of winning the award. The 2015 LV=CC Breakthrough Player will be decided by the public.

Inaugural winner Joe Root said, “The talent in this country is getting better and better as you can tell by this year’s LV= Breakthrough Player Award shortlist. I think it’s great that the new crop of younger players are starting to come through.”

The England man went on to say “The LV= County Championship helped me massively. It’s a breeding ground for international cricket players and I was lucky to learn from some of the best in the system.”

David Parsons, ECB Performance Director, added, “These six players have all made a positive impression in the LV= County Championship this season, and shown that they may have the potential to play at a higher level – as well as making a significant contribution for their counties. Watching the emergence and development of these players is one of the features of the Championship, and it is good that they are recognised with nomination for the LV= Breakthrough Player Award.”

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