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7th May 2019 News

Player of the Month: April 2019

Voting is now open for the first Player of the Month award for 2019, sponsored by Sage Wealth Management.

Four players are in the running & the voting is open at the bottom of this page until midday on Thursday, 9 May.

Three batsmen are in contention after enjoying a successful Royal London One-Day Cup during April, with a returning all-rounder also impressing & subsequently up for the award.

Read about the nominees & vote for your first Player of the Month in 2019.

Cameron Bancroft

The skipper started his white ball career at Durham in style, smashing two unbeaten centuries in the first two Royal London One-Day Cup North Group fixtures.

The 26-year-old announced himself in style, smashing 151 not out against Northants Steelbacks, & then made 118 not out against Leicestershire Foxes, meaning he did not even have an average after two matches.

Bancroft finished with 359 runs in six One-Day Cup games during the month at an average of 89.75, putting him among the best players in the tournament.

Alex Lees

After a promising start to the season with the red ball, Alex Lees came into his own during the Royal London One-Day Cup.

Lees finished the month with no fewer than four consecutive half-centuries, converting the last into his maiden Durham century, against Lancashire at South North CC. They added to his 50 in the Specsavers County Championship match at Derbyshire.

The left-hander finished the month with 310 One-Day Cup runs at an average of 77.5.

Michael Richardson

The Royal London One-Day Cup has been Michael Richardson’s standout competition in recent years & he impressed again in this year’s tournament.

Richardson hit a sensational ton in a record fourth-wicket partnership with Cameron Bancroft in the opening win against Northants Steelbacks & backed it up with 72 not out to lead the chase against Derbyshire Falcons.

The right-hander chalked up 215 white ball runs at an average of 71.67.

Matthew Potts

Returning from a long injury lay-off, Matthew Potts made a big impression on his first five appearances back in the side.

His best figures came on his first match of the season, 4/62 to see out the victory over Northants Steelbacks, & followed up with a three-fer against Leicestershire Foxes.

Three more wickets followed, one of which came in a wicket-maiden at a pivotal juncture during the 46th over of the match against Lancashire.

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