Two of Gunn & Moore’s rising stars, Adam Lyth and Dane Vilas, have been making the headlines this month.
Lyth made his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s and then scored a maiden century in the second Test at his home ground of Headingley – following in the footsteps of fellow GM ambassador Joe Root.
And one man who will want to emulate Lyth in making an immediate impression on Test cricket is South African Vilas, who could well make his Test debut against Bangladesh in July.
As AB de Villiers takes paternity leave, Vilas has been called up to the Proteas’ squad as cover and could be set to play his first international since his debut in a Twenty20 International in 2012.
It has been quite some wait for the versatile wicket-keeper but strong form for Cape Cobras – including Champions League appearances – has earned him this chance.
He may, however, face some competition for the gloves from another GM man – Quinton de Kock.
This could be just the start of an interesting rivalry between the pair as opportunities are bound to spring up across all three formats.
Meanwhile, Lyth has certainly grasped his with both hands. Putting behind him a modest return at Lord’s, he scored a flawless 107 in England’s first innings of 350 in Leeds as he shared in a century stand with Alastair Cook for the first wicket.
His innings included 15 fours and the way he raced through the 90s to reach three figures was highly impressive.
Alas, he will not be able to say that his maiden century contributed to a win, but this performance at least grants him an opportunity to score many more runs in an England shirt in the future.
Elsewhere, a quick look at the leading run-scorers in the LV County Championship thus far sees Durham’s Michael Richardson and Kent’s Daniel Bell-Drummond as the leading GM players and with the ball, Glamorgan’s Andrew Salter has just returned career-best figures of three for five against Northamptonshire.
Similarly, Essex’s Ryan ten Doeschate has enjoyed an excellent start to the NatWest T20 Blast with 185 runs in five innings while Adam Riley can at least smile about ending up on the winning side despite Chris Gayle’s onslaught at Taunton!
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Dave Vilas plating for South Aftrica A against England Lions