Former MCC Young Cricketer Kevin O’Brien has won the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest century of the 2011 season.
O’Brien smashed a ton from only 44 balls for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Uxbridge in the Twenty20 Cup in June.
The Irish international put on a domestic T20 record opening stand of 192 with fellow ex-YC, New Zealander Hamish Marshall. Marshall’s 52-ball century made him the competition’s runner-up.
The partnership helped Gloucestershire on their way to a record domestic T20 score of 254-3, missing out on the world record by only four runs.
The right-hander, who earlier in the year achieved international fame with his match-winning 50-ball ton in Bangalore against England in the ICC World Cup, hit nine sixes and seven fours. He was eventually dismissed for 119 off only 52 balls.
O’Brien, who received a cheque for £5,000 in a special presentation in the Long Room at Lord's, rated his innings in Uxbridge as highly as the one in Bangalore.
“It’s up there with the Bangalore innings,” O’Brien said.
“I was hitting it as well as I did in the World Cup against England.
“You can’t go out and smash every ball from the start so we took an over or so to assess the pitch and the bowling.
“Then I started teeing off and it was just my day.
“I had a bit of luck as a couple of catches went down, but you always need that in 20-over games. It was a smallish ground and I kept managing to clear the ropes.”
Now in its 77th year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, is open to all domestic county competitions as well internationals played in England.
Last year's winner was Adam Gilchrist of Middlesex.
As well as O’Brien, Chris Jones of Durham MCC University won the Walter Lawrence award for the highest score by a MCCU player in 2011.
Jones, who has a contract with Somerset, amassed a huge 252 not out, which included 40 fours and a single six from just 271 balls, against Oxford MCCU at the Parks.
The opener, who collected a £1,000 prize, followed up that innings with 202 against Cambridge MCCU at Fenner’s.
The evening’s third winner was Stuart Parsons of Reading School, who became the inaugural winner of a medallion presented for the highest score against MCC by a school cricketer.
MCC, the most active cricket club in the world, plays over 280 matches against schools during the summer and were subjected to a wonderful innings of 212* by Parsons.
The 17-year-old, who collected a £250 prize, made his total in a rapid 182 balls as Reading School hammered MCC by nine wickets.