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Durham's Gibson wins MCCU prize

Durham's Gibson won the award
Durham's Gibson won the award

Durham MCCU opener Rob Gibson has won the Walter Lawrence MCC Universities Award for 2014.

His innings of 118, the highest against one of the other five MCCUs or against one of the first-class counties, was achieved on the final day of the two-day Championship, against Cardiff MCCU at Usk CC on June 13.

Replying to Cardiff’s impressive total of 423-7, the 20-year-old right-hander shared an opening stand of 167 with captain Cameron Steel and then 61 with Chaitanya Bishnoi before being adjudged lbw.

Gibson’s 118, scored off 217 balls and including 15 fours, provided a platform for Durham to draw the game and finish on 348 for 8.

Born in Emsworth and educated at Portsmouth Grammar School, Gibson also bowls leg-breaks and played regularly for Hampshire Second XI last season.

A sports degree student, Gibson is the third Durham MCCU player in four seasons to win the prestigious Award, following in the footsteps of 2011 winner, Somerset’s Chris Jones, and last season’s recipient Ivo Hobson.

He will receive a special silver medallion and prize of £500 at the Walter Lawrence Trophy presentation dinner in the Lord's Pavilion Long Room in November.

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