BERKSHIRE County Cricket Club have introduced a brand new award for their youth section.

It is the David Burden Shield, in memory of the highly-respected Minor Counties umpire and a great supporter of local cricket who died in June.

It will be presented annually to the person, who in the opinion of Berkshire performance manager Tom Lambert and his assistant Stewart Davison has made an outstanding contribution to youth cricket on and off the field.

The first recipient is Adam Searle, who, says Lambert, has shown "tremendous effort and commitment" to the Berkshire EPP (Emerging Player Programme) flagship side.

"He leads by example and his tactical nous is very good."

Lambert added: "The way Adam conducts himself is exceptional and we hope he will have a big part to play in the county club's future."

The off-spinner also plays for Marlow in the Thames Valley League and attends Sir William Borlase School.

Adam, who is the son of GB Olympic gold medalist rower Greg Searle MBE, was presented with the trophy and a Serious Cricket voucher by Anthea Heslop, the long-time partner of David Burden, at the Berkshire County Sports Club in Sonning Lane, last Friday.

Anthea commented: "Adam is a very nice young man and I am pleased he is the first winner."