WHITBY cricketer Adam Lyth has been shortlisted for the prestigious regional award - and is rubbing shoulders with some exalted company.
Lyth is shortlisted for silverware in the breakthrough/newcomer category in the MBNA Northern Sports Awards, along with fellow Yorkshire cricketer Jonathan Bairstow, Premier League footballers Andy Carroll, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Seamus Coleman.
It is reward for dazzling season for the Tykes in which Lyth was the second highest run-scorer in the LV County Championship, finishing behind only experienced ex-England star Mark Ramprakash.
The 23-year-old is relying on your votes but you must hurry - the deadline is midnight on Sunday.
The awards will take place at The Point at Lancashire County Cricket Club on Monday 4 July. The event is the first of its kind - a celebration of sporting excellence in the North which embraces all aspects of the region’s sporting world and recognises its outstanding contribution.
Already supported by some of the biggest names in sport, including Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, this inaugural awards event will be the launch of what is set to become an annual fixture on the sporting calendar.
Winners will be announced on the night of the awards.
* You can register your vote at www.northernsportsawards.co.uk/vote
Full ist of Breakthrough/Newcomer of the Year nominees: Adam Lyth, Jonathan Bairstow, Bven Stokes (cricket), John Flanagan, Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez, Seamus Coleman (football), Ben Swift (cycling).