Dan Lawrence: Batsman 'not feeling any pressure' after ton

Dan Lawrence
Dan Lawrence played for minor counties cricket side Chingford CC with Essex teammate James Porter

Essex batsman Dan Lawrence has said he is not feeling any pressure having become the third youngest batsman to score a ton in the County Championship.

Lawrence, aged 17 years and 290 days, reached three figures from 146 balls with a boundary off Zafar Ansari.

"I am over the moon," he told BBC Essex. "It was a fantastic day and great to get it at such a nice ground.

"I have the mentality of just trying to enjoy my cricket. As I am quite young there is not lots of pressure on me."

It was only the right-handed batsman's second first-class match, following his scores of 10 and three in Essex's victory against Kent in the first Division Two match of the season.

Young guns
Kent's Godfrey Bryan, the youngest batsman to score a County Championship century, was 17 years and 245 days old when he hit his ton in 1920

Lawrence was dropped on 18 on the second day and admitted that he attempted to reach his century quickly after getting into the 90s as he grew more nervous.

"I was on 96 and I thinking about my century so I got through the 90s quite quickly and after I got my century I relaxed," he said.

"I am happy to get my first one out of the way and hopefully there will be plenty more.

"I was a little disappointed, because I wanted to get 200, but if someone had said 160 at the beginning of the innings I would have bitten their hands off."

Dan Lawrence
Surrey's Kevin Pietersen offers Lawrence a congratulatory handshake following his dismissal