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Charlie Sharland named Harry Burden Young Cricketer of the Year

The Annual Harry Burden Memorial Lunch took place in the Long Room at the Cooper Associates County Ground this week.

Following the welcome from trustee Nigel Manley, the 120 guests took part in Heads and Tails which was run by Andrew Moulding (Chairman of the Tony Coles Charitable Trust) and Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry.

Attendees then enjoyed an outstanding traditional three-course Christmas Lunch.

Following lunch, Jack Brooks took part in an entertaining Q&A session during which he gave his opinions on a number of topics within the world of cricket.

It was then on to the awards.

The Harry Burden Award for Young Cricketer of the Year was won by Charlie Sharland, who has recently joined the Somerset Academy. Charlie is a middle order batsman who attends King’s College and plays cricket for Taunton Deane.

The Harry Burden Bursary, which is co-funded by Somerset County Sports, was won by Lauren Filer. Lauren plays her club cricket for Weston-super-Mare, and earlier this summer she was part of the successful Somerset Women’s team who were crowned T20 Division Two champions. She was selected to represent the South West at the Regional Development Centre Festival in July, went on to participate in the School Games and most recently she has been selected for the England Women’s Academy Training Squad.

An auction then took place to raise money for the Tony Coles Trust.

Somerset Women’s Captain, Sophie Luff then took part in a Q&A to discuss her side’s T20 Division Two Championship year plus Western Storm’s successful year in the KSL.

It was then revealed that Lauren Filer had been selected to play for Welsh Fire in The Hundred. Lauren was then interviewed by Sophie, after which the draw for the main raffle took place.

Andrew Moulding officially closed the event and thanked everybody for their attendance and continued support.

The Harry Burden Lunch is the main fundraising platform of the Tony Coles Charitable Trust, which provides grants to clubs and schools in order to help with the development of youth cricket.

Harry Burden was a very keen cricketer who died of leukemia just before his 8th birthday in 1996. Since then an annual event and awards presentation have been held in his memory.

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