The BJMT Awards Panel met on 20 April 2016 at the Lord’s Taverners offices in London to make the annual Brian Johnston Scholarship Awards. A total of £50,000 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 £14,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:
- Mohammed Ahmed, Warwickshire: A talented sixteen-year-old wrist spin bowler who is a member of the Warwicks EPP. He is close to Academy level.
- Emily Arlott, Worcestershire: In 2014/5 Emily was selected onto the EW U19 programme and is a member of the Worcestershire EPP and EWDP.
- Luke Cheshire, Glamorgan: Luke is a highly promising left-arm seam bowler in his first year on the Academy on the back of several good performances in the Oxford U17 team as a fourteen-year-old.
- Ben Claydon, Northants: A sixteen-year-old all-rounder, Ben represented the London & East at last year’s Bunbury Festival. He played most of his age group cricket for Cambridgeshire before joining the Northants Academy programme as a fourteen-year-old.
- Providence Cowdrill, Hampshire: Providence is a talented leg spin bowler, who has been on Hants EPP for the last two years and is now a member of their Elite Player Group (Girls Academy). She currently plays for Hampshire U17 and women’s teams.
- Ollie Currill, Gloucestershire: A nineteen-year-old seam bowler and part of the Academy programme, Ollie has been involved with the Gloucestershire 1st XI in pre-season games this year.
- Ben Duggan, Hampshire: Ben is a talented seventeen-year-old who is on the Hampshire Academy for the second year running.
- Katie George, Hampshire: An U17 left arm spin bowler, Katie has been through Hampshire EPP and is now in her first year on the county’s Elite Player Group (Girls Academy).
- Bradley Goldsack, Kent: A thirteen-year-old, left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who is currently in the Kent U14 squad and EPP programme.
- Lewis Goldsworthy, Somerset: Lewis is an extremely talented multi-sport player including both cricket and football. He trains with Cornwall’s EPP twice a week and on the Somerset PSPP once a week.
- Jake Goodwin, Hampshire: A seventeen-year-old who is now in his third year on the county Academy.
- Sam Groves, Gloucestershire: A talented sixteen-year-old right-arm seam bowler, Sam has joined the Gloucestershire Academy this year.
- Jade Hoyte, Norfolk: Jade is a very talented fifteen-year-old all-rounder selected for the Norfolk U16 squad, who has come through the Chance to Shine system and was Norfolk’s leading wicket taker when in the U13s.
- Rafeh Jafri, Surrey: A talented right-arm fast medium bowler, Rafeh is currently on the Surrey Academy programme. In 2015 he played for the county 2nd XI, U17 and ECB Super 4.
- Madraj Johal, Warwickshire: A thirteen-year-old talented all-rounder, he is a member of the Warwicks EPP. Madraj has represented Warwickshire at county age group cricket since he was a nine-year-old.
- Badhal Khunti, Leicestershire: One of the county’s most talented young cricketers who has benefitted from the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme for the last three years. Badhal has represented the county in his age groups for the last two seasons having been spotted by one of Leicestershire’s Chance to Shine coaches and fast-tracked straight into the county system.
- Bhijal Khunti, Leicestershire: Badhal’s younger sister and part of the Leicestershire Young Cricketers Programme, Bhijal is expected to be become part of the Leics EPP when she is old enough.
- Felix Organ, Hampshire: He is on the Hampshire Academy and is a very highly rated all-rounder. He is also on the ECB radar for their EDP programme.
- Zac Organ, Hampshire: Zac joined Hampshire EPP programme last year and will be pushing for an Academy place this summer.
- Liam Patterson-White, Nottinghamshire: A slow left-arm spin bowler, Liam has been involved with the U19 EPP squad and is expected to play for Nottinghamshire 2nd XI and Super 4s programme.
- Jack Popham, Gloucestershire: Jack is a seam bowler and part of the county Academy. He has played Minor County 1nd XI cricket for Devon.
- Anis Raza, Nottinghamshire: A very talented left-arm spinner who has been performing with the EDP U19 squad. Anis is expected to play for Staffordshire in 2016.
- Jonathan Read, Yorkshire: An outstanding young wicket-keeper, Jonathan will start the season as Yorkshire’s number two wicket-keeper with Jonny Bairstow currently in the England side. A Yorkshire Academy player for the 2016 season. He played county 2nd XI cricket for the last quarter of the season after having had a very successful year with the Academy.
- Rahul Sheemar, Essex: At the age of fourteen Rahul has shown exciting potential in his first year on the county Academy as a top order, left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler.
- Oliver Westbury, Worcestershire: Oliver had an outstanding 2015 season for the Worcestershire 2nd XI including a century on his debut against Nottinghamshire. He has been called up to the EDP Invitation XI.
- Ryan Wheldon, Worcestershire: He is a member of Worcestershire EPP and Satellite Academy. He joined the Worcestershire Academy from Shropshire after a successful 2015 season which included selection for the Bunbury Festival.
- Euan Woods, Surrey: Left-handed bat and off-spin bowler, currently on Surrey’s EPP/Academy programme. Euan represented the ECB Regional London & South U17 side a year under age.
(2) Blind Cricket.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £8,000 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their seventh annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2016, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.
An additional grant of up to £10,000 was given to fund the further development of Female VI Cricket in the BCEW’s girls-specific cricket initiative that offers blind and visually impaired school girls throughout the country the opportunity to learn about the game and participate in out-of-school cricket sessions.
(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.