Congratulations to Unicorn star Michael Smith for winning the PDC World Championship 2023!

Tom Westley

Graceful yet assertive, Tom progressed to the Essex first team squad from the Academy in 2006. He was still a student at Durham University when he recorded his maiden first-class century, scoring 132 at Derby in 2009. Three years later, he scored a career-best 185 against Glamorgan.

It was 2014 that Tom truly made the jump from promising to pivotal: he recorded centuries in each format, including T20 tons against Kent and Sussex and passed 1,000 runs in a season for the first time. He was named Essex Player of the Year, Player’s Player of the Year and Batsman on the Year.

His form continued and, in 2016, a career-best 254 in the race for Division Two honours was part of 1,217 runs, seventh highest overall. Tom was rewarded for his performances with a call-up to England Lions and duly scored a ton against South Africa. In the next season he would add 561 runs to Essex’s first County Championship title in 25 years and earn an England Test call-up, scoring a half century on debut at South Africa at The Oval.

In 2019, Tom against helped Essex to County Championship success (including a dogged 141 v Warwickshire) and Vitality Blast trophies. In January 2020, he was appointed Essex Club Captain leading Essex to an inaugural Bob Willis Trophy win.

Follow Tom on Twitter at @westley21