Gordon Muchall Wins Major Award

Durham player Gordon Muchall's fine performances during the 2002 season gained him the prestigious award as the most promising young cricketer of the year from The Cricket Society.

He was not able to receive it in person at the Society's autumn dinner in the Royal Overseas League, London on Friday (November 1) - the day before his 20th birthday - because he is currently with the English Academy squad in Australia.

Gordon, who was born in Newcastle and educated at Durham School, made his debut for Durham in the summer, scoring over 600 runs and hitting his maiden first-class century, 127 against Middlesex at Lords. Primarily a batsman, he picked up wickets with his medium-pace bowling.

He has toured India and New Zealand with the England U19 squad and during the summer he played in three U19 'Tests' against India, scoring 254 in the match at Cardiff, the second highest score ever made for the U19s.

Martyn Moxon, the Durham coach, rates him an excellent prospect. In Gordon's absence - he wrote expressing his delight at the award - it was received on his behalf by Ian Todd, Chairman on the Dunelm Cricket Society. The presentation was made by former Sussex captain John Barclay who won the award himself in 1969.

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