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First-class centuries


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Two very different innings against the aggressive and potent bowling attack of the eventual County Championship winners reaffirmed the exceptional talent of Emilio Gay in 2022.

It was the second, in the late-season draw against Surrey at Wantage Road, that caught the eye of the wider cricket audience. The young opener scoring a career-best 145, littered with deliciously timed drives down the ground and through cover. A performance that combined the textbook technique and the touch of flamboyance that makes Gay so pleasant and exciting to watch.

The first, however, arguably held greater significance to the academy graduate. On paper, a score of 51 in a game that ended in an innings defeat appears to carry little value, but Gay had to display extraordinary strength and fight to fend off a set of fired-up Surrey bowlers at The Oval in May. Struck on almost identical positions on his wrist on several occasions, the tall left-hander battled superbly through the toughest of conditions and, in doing so, showed he possesses both the mentality and the talent to have an incredibly successful career.

Those runs contributed to a County Championship total of 825, with a century also scored in the dramatic victory over Kent at Canterbury, as the ever-present Gay stepped up from prodigy into key figure in the Northamptonshire side and was rewarded with a two-year contract extension.

A maiden List A century against Lancashire in the One Day Cup, a competition in which he averaged over 40, showed another dimension to his game. Gay possesses the qualities to be influential in all three formats.


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