The BJMT Awards Panel met on 23rd April 2014 at the Lord’s Taverners headquarters in London to make the annual Brian Johnston Scholarship Awards. A total of £45,000 was given in scholarships, grants and awards to help promising young cricketers to fulfil their sporting potential. Once again we are grateful for the generosity and support of all our Johnners Club members, who have enabled us to make these awards.
(1) ECB Recommended Scholars.
On the recommendation of the ECB Performance Department, Brian Johnston Cricket Scholarships totalling more than £13,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:
- Aaron Beard, Essex (16): Aaron is a right arm fast bowler on the Essex Academy and was selected for the England Development Programme last year at Under 17 level.
- Hugh Bernard, Kent (17): A right arm medium fast bowler and right hand batsman Hugh is a new scholar on the Kent Academy, having come through the Kent Performance Squads programme over the last two years.
- Mark Best, Warwickshire (18): Mark is currently in his third year in the Academy having progressed from the Emerging Players programme. He has performed for the youth squads over the last 7-8 years. He is a left-handed opening batsman, suited to the longer format of the game with the ability to bat for long periods of time.
- Callum Brodrick, Derbyshire (15): This is Callum’s second year on the Academy. Last season he made great progress making his County 2nd XI debut. He is a highly talented cricketer and all-round sportsman. He was also granted a Brian Johnston Scholarship in 2013.
- Jack Burnham, Durham: Jack is a top order batsman who has played for Durham at all levels since he was 8 years old and is currently on the Durham Academy. He has come through the ranks and scored heavily at every level and also bowls a good medium pace.
- Reece Carr, Durham: A top order batsman, Reece has forced his way into the Durham Academy as a result of his performances in club cricket and for Durham Cricket Board at Under 17 level. He bowls brisk medium pace and is an excellent fielder.
- Karl Carver, Yorkshire (18): On the Yorkshire Academy and selected for the England U19 team during 2013, Karl was involved in winter tours leading to the Under 19 World Cup. During the 2013 season he was a regular county 2nd XI player and was included in the 1st XI squad for the final game of the season. He was also granted a Brian Johnston Scholarship in 2013.
- James Clifford, Essex (17): A right hand bat and right arm off spin bowler and in his second year on the Essex Academy, James played a valuable role for the Essex Under 17 in 2013. He is also a regular member for Chelmsford CC in the Essex Premier League.
- Jim Clifford, Warwickshire (16): Jim is currently in his first year on the Warwickshire Academy having progressed from the Emerging Players programme. He is an opening batsman who for the last two season has scored more runs than any other player in the youth system. He is a hard-hitting batsman and one of the best slip fielders at Warwickshire.
- Courtney Coulson, Durham (16): In 2013 Courtney played the Durham County Under 15 and Under 17 teams as well as the Durham Ladies 1st team. She also made the England Under 15 Development Squad.
- Joseph Emanuel, Middlesex (15): An opening batsman and first change bowler, Joseph has been involved in the Middlesex set up since he was 8 years old. He was also granted a Brian Johnston Scholarship in 2013.
- Grace Gibbs, Kent (18): Grace is a right arm medium bowler and right hand batsman currently studying for a sports coaching degree at Brighton University. She has been involved with the England Women’s Academy and Under 19 programmes over the last twelve months and is a new scholar on the Kent Academy.
- Jake Goodwin, Hampshire (15): A talented seam bowling all-rounder, Jake represented the South and South West region at the Bunbury Festival in 2012 and 2013. This is his first year on the Academy and he is expected to remain on it for another eighteen months.
- Adam Hickey, Durham: A top order batsman, Adam bowls good off spin and is a very promising prospect. He is another member of the Durham Academy.
- Max Holden, Middlesex (16): Max started his cricket career in Cambridgeshire where he was the County Player of the Year at U10, U11, U12 and U13 age groups. He was selected to the Middlesex Academy when he was 13, the youngest player ever to be given an Academy contract. He was Middlesex All-Rounder Player of the Year, having played for U14 and U15 in 2012. In 2013 he played for Middlesex U15, U17, U19 and County 2nd XI, and has recently been selected for the England Development Programme.
- Charlie Home, Northamptonshire: A very promising all-round cricketer, Charlie is an opening batsman and off spin bowler. During 2013 he made his debut for Shifnal CC in the Birmingham League with considerable success as a bowler. He also saved a game batting down the order in the face of some hostile adult bowling.
- Mosun Hussain, Yorkshire (17): A Yorkshire Academy player for the 2013/14, Mosun was retained by the ECB as part of the EDP programme. During the 2013 season Mosun played County 2nd XI cricket when EDP and education commitments permitted. He was also granted a Brian Johnston Scholarship in 2013.
- Andrew Ireland, Durham: Andrew is a talented all-rounder who was selected for the England Representative Programme. He is expected to be a leading play for the Academy side this year and is likely to play for Cumberland in the Minor Counties and for Durham 2ndXI this summer. Was a Brian Johnston Scholar in 2012.
- Steffan Roberts, Glamorgan: An exciting young batsman in his first year on the Academy, Steffan scored heavily for the Wales Under 17 team in 2013, including a century against Somerset when he was only 14.
- Paige Schofield, Sussex: Paige is part of the Sussex Academy and a highly promising all-rounder who has been part of the Sussex Women’s Junior Squads for the last six years before she broke into the Sussex Senior team in 2013.
- Sukhjit (Sunny) Singh, Warwickshire (17): Sunny is currently in his first year in the Warwickshire Academy having progressed from the County Age Group programme. He is a left arm spinner who emigrated from India about three years ago never having had any formal coaching. He has great potential and a really good work ethic.
- Aaron Thomason, Warwickshire (16): Aaron is currently in his first year on the Warwickshire Academy having progressed from the Emerging Players programme. He has the ability to bowl at a good pace and is a hard-hitting no 6 batsman. He was selected in the squad of thirty players for the England Under 19 World Cup squad.
(2) Blind Cricket.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £7,000 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their fifth annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2014, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.
An additional grant of £5,000 was given to Cricket 4 Change (C4C) to further develop their girls-specific cricket initiative that offers blind and visually impaired school children the opportunity to participate in out of school cricket clubs. This year C4C is organising the first-ever international womens’ blind cricket match in Nepal and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to be one of the sponsors.
(3) BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust has agreed to continue its sponsorship of the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme in association with the ECB. All eighteen of the first class Counties and UCCEs are now participating in this programme that aims to encourage and develop the art of spin bowling in England and Wales by providing funds for additional coaching at Academy level.