Monday 9 June 2014 

Bears’ Academy member scoops prestigious Junior award

Liam Banks receives his award from former England batsman Kim Barnett

Warwickshire Academy player, Liam Banks recently won the prestigious Stoke-on-Trent Junior Sports Personality of the Year Award, which is run by The Sentinel daily newspaper.

Last season, Banks played his club cricket at Hem Heath in the North Staff & South Cheshire Premier League and his county youth cricket for Staffordshire, with his performances for club and county ensuring that he stood out above 50 nominations from all sports.

The Sentinel sports editor Keith Wales said: "The success of Liam is testament to the wealth of sporting talent we have in North Staffordshire. Liam's achievements on the cricket field, whether it be at club or county level, has been remarkable and I'm sure he has a bright future in the game.

“His category was extremely difficult to judge because of the high level of achievement but Liam is a worthy winner of the award."

Liam secured his place in the local cricket record books last summer when he became the youngest player (aged just 14) to score a century in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier Division.

He had already hit 168 for Hem Heath under-17s in a Kidsgrove and District League match on the Sunday and 120 not out for the Midlands at the Bunbury Festival on the Monday.

He followed up his century against Burslem on the Saturday with a 114 for Staffs under-15s against Northamptonshire 24 hours later.

Liam now plays his county age group cricket for Warwickshire U15’s and 17’s. However, he has also played in Staffordshire’s full minor county squad this season making him one of the youngest players to play at this level for his home county.

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