The BJMT Awards Panel met on 26 April 2017 at the Lord’s Taverners offices 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 £15,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:
- Cara Duggan: A talented all-rounder who has represented her County at all ages from Under 15 to Bucks Women’s 1st XI.
- Scott Steel: Now in his third season with the Academy with the ambition to become a professional cricketer.
- Liam Trevaskis: A 17-year-old who is currently in his third year as an Academy player with the ambition to become a professional.
- Danielle Gibson: An exciting bowling all-rounder, she is currently part of the England women’s Academy. At the age of 15 is in consideration for a Kia Super League contract. Last season she won the County’s Women Player of the Year Award.
- Natasha Wraith: An outstanding athlete who established herself as the County’s first choice wicket keeper when she was only 14 years old. She has been included in the County boys EPP programme.
- Ben Charlesworth: A talented 16-year-old all-rounder who broke into the County’s 2nd XI last season as well as being selected for England’s Under 16 tour of Sri Lanka in March 2017.
- George Drissell: A very talented off-spin bowler who is now training regularly with the County’s professional squad and performing well.
- George Metzger: He is Under 15 and is now in his second year of the County EPP and has been training with the Academy.
- George Pardoe: Under 16 fast bowler who has been selected for the Academy this year.
- Zeph Wells: An Under 14 who has been selected for the County EPP and Bowling Development group. He is expected to be selected for the South & West Bunbury squad this year.
- Tom Davis: A fast bowling all-rounder who in 2017 became a member of the County Academy and Under 17 Performance squad. He was selected as one of the Bunbury Festival’s Under 16 squad, comprising the best players throughout the country, to tour Sri Lanka in February 2017. He has been training with the County 1st team squad.
- Badhal Khunti: One of the County’s most talented young cricketers who has benefitted from the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme. He is now part of the County squad.
- Bhijal Khunti: Badhal’s younger sister and part of the County’s Young Cricketers Programme, she is expected to be become part of the EPP when she is old enough.
- Lewis Goldsworthy: An extremely talented member of the County Academy.
- Euan Woods: Left-handed bat and off spin bowler. He is currently part of the County Academy and is involved with the Young Lions programme.
- Bradley Currie: A left-arm seam bowler who is part of the County Academy programme, and is also with the County Under 18 and 2nd XI squads.
- Grace Ballinger: An opening left-arm bowler and top order left-handed bat. Member of the County Emerging Player Programme (EPP) with their Under 17 squad.
- Tiarna Gilkes: A right-hand top order batsman and opening seam bowler. A member of the County EPP with the ambition to graduate to the Academy programme and to represent England women’s team in the future. She has already been on a number of England training programmes.
- Ashleigh Heath: A 16-year-old who is a member of the Shropshire EPP and Under 17 squad and has recently been selected to be part of the Warwickshire young cricketers tour to South Africa.
- Mohammed Ahmed: A talented 17-year-old wrist spin bowler who is a member of the County Academy.
- Shoaib Akhtar: A 17-year-old top order batsman and a member of the County EPP.
- Alex Milton: An outstanding young wicket keeper who has played for the County 2nd XI.
- Dillon Pennington: Was awarded a place on the County Academy in 2016 and has been an outstanding addition to the programme as a person, character and performer.
- Josh Dell: A player of high potential with the County Academy who played for England Under 19s in 2016 against Sri Lanka.
- Zen Malik: A member of the County Academy who also represented England Under 19s against Sri Lanka last year.
(2) Blind Cricket.
The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £8,600 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their eighth annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2017, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.
An additional grant of £9,000 was awarded to fund the BCEW Women and Girls VI Programme 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 in Berkshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.
(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.