New Zealander Martin Guptil is now the favourite to win this year’s Walter Lawrence Trophy after scoring a 35-ball hundred for Worcestershire against Northants in the Vitality Blast match at Northampton on July 27th.
Guptill’s explosive innings was the 31-year-olds fourth domestic T20 hundred this season, arriving off the back of 12 fours and 7 sixes. The innings was instrumental in guiding Worcs past the finish line, completing a resounding nine-wicket victory with 41 balls to spare.
The Aucklander has played in 47 Tests to date, and in January this year became the second New Zealand batsman, and the ninth overall, to score a century against each of the nine full-member Test-playing countries. He has played in 159 One-Day Internationals, during which he made 13 hundreds, including an unbeaten 237 against West Indies in the quarter-final of the 2015 World Cup, as well as 75 T20 Internationals.
Now in its 84th year, the Walter Lawrence Trophy, awarded for the fastest hundred of the season, is open to all domestic county competitions as well as One-Day Internationals, T20 Internationals and Test Matches in England.