Following the conclusion of the T20 Blast, here’s our very own Under-24 team of the tournament.
To qualify for the team, players had to be aged 23 or under on August 27, 2020, the day the tournament began.
342 runs @ 38, HS: 108 not out
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Having established himself in England’s Test line-up with a double century against Pakistan, Crawley showed his talents against the white ball in the Blast, firing up top for Kent with the tournament’s leading run-scorer, Daniel Bell-Drummond. His finest moment came at the scene of his 267, with an unbeaten 108 against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl coming off just 54 balls.
211 runs @ 26.37, HS: 56
While Salt only passed 50 once in the tournament, an impressive strike rate of 167.46 showcased why he was in and around England’s white-ball set-up during the summer.
193 runs @ 21.44, HS: 68 | 6 wickets @ 24.66, BBI: 2-26
One of the very few overseas players in the tournament, Delany played a key role in Leicestershire’s march to the quarter-finals, contributing half-centuries in wins over Yorkshire and Durham and six wickets with his handy leggies too.
309 runs @ 34.33, HS: 65 | 13 wickets @ 16.07, BBI: 4-15
The 21-year-old was named the MVP of the tournament, having shown his value as a game-changing all-rounder. He enjoyed a run of three consecutive half-centuries in mid-September, while he was magnificent in Surrey’s quarter-final demolition over Kent, backing up an unbeaten 23 with figures of 4-15 that included the key wickets of Messrs Crawley, Bell-Drummond, Denly and Billings.
121 runs @ 40.33, HS: 43 not out
Lammonby was undoubtedly the breakout star of the Bob Willis Trophy, and he showed his power in the Blast coming down the order, hitting an unbeaten 20-ball 43 against Warwickshire and the same score off 23 balls in a win over Northants.
139 runs @ 34.75, HS: 46 | 9 wickets @ 18.11, BBI: 3-18
A leg-spinning all-rounder, Hollman made his first-team debut in the Blast and impressed immediately with both bat and ball, standing out with excellent back-to-back performances against Kent (46 off 26 and 0-15) and Sussex (35 off 21 and 3-18).
101 runs @ 25.25, HS: 34 not out | 14 wickets @ 16.50, BBI: 4-21
Sussex’s left-arm quick is developing into an all-rounder and was spectacular at the back-end of the group stages, not only taking consecutive four-wicket hauls against Essex and Middlesex but also offering match-winning hands with the bat in the two successful chases.
10 wickets @ 21, BBI: 3-21
The twin brother of Matt was Leicestershire’s joint-leading wicket-taker as the Foxes fell narrowly short of a place at Finals Day. He bowled brilliantly in his side’s quarter-final defeat, ripping one through Alex Hales on his way to figures of 1-21 from four overs.
13 wickets @ 18.07, BBI: 3-8
Right-arm quick Potts was at the heart of Durham’s late flurry of wins in the competition, taking three consecutive three-wicket hauls over Leicestershire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.
15 wickets @ 20.66, BBI: 3-9
The England leg-spinner’s T20 record is startling: after 49 matches he has 80 wickets at 16.08. He bowled arguably the best ball of Finals Day, finding grip and turn to beat – believe it or not – Hales’ outside edge and hit the top of off.
17 wickets @ 18.29, BBI: 3-25
The left-arm spinner finished his first season at Surrey with 34 wickets, half of them coming in the Blast as his wickets and tidy economy helped the county to the final of the competition. With Amar Virdi continuing to impress in first-class cricket, two young and talented tweakers are on the books at The Oval.