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Brian Johnston Scholarships and Awards 2016

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.

Brian Johnston Scholarships and Awards 2015

The BJMT Awards Panel  met on 29 April 2015 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 £10,000 were awarded to the following young cricketers to assist them with travelling expenses so that they can attend their coaching and training sessions:

  • Kyle Awbery (Northants): A seventeen-year-old left-arm fast bowler who has progressed through the County system from a nine-year-old and is now part of the Northants Academy programme. He represented the Midlands at the Super 4s last season and is hoping to make the full squad this year.
  • Providence Cowdrill (Hampshire): Providence is a talented leg spinner and batsman, who is currently in the Hampshire Girls Emerging Player Programme and U17 and Senior Womens squads for 2015. She is currently pushing for a place in the England Womens Development Programme U19 squad.
  • Jan Gray (Kent): A sixteen-year-old right-arm leg-spin bowler and right-hand batsman who played for Kent U15 Performance team last season. Represented London & East of England U15 at the Bunbury Festival last summer.
  • Max Holden (Middlesex): He is one of the stand-out players in the country at his age group. He recently returned from Dubai where he captained England U17 against Pakistan recording three scores of over 50 in five innings, and taking vital wickets with his off-spin bowling.
  • Jade Hoyte (Norfolk): Jade is a very talented fourteen-year-old all-rounder selected for the Norfolk U15 squad who has come through the ‘Chance to Shine’ system and was Norfolk’s leading wicket taker when in the U13s.
  • Badhal Khunti (Leicester): One of the County’s most talented young cricketers who has benefitted from the BJMT Elite Spin Bowling Programme for the last two years. He 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 (Leicester): Badhal’s younger sister and part of Leicestershire’s Young Cricketers Programme, she is expected to be become part of the Leicestershire Emerging Player Programme when she is old enough.
  • Feroze Khushi (Essex): A fifteen-year-old right-hand batsman who had a very successful season with Essex U15, for whom he was named Player of the Season, and London & East of England Bunbury squad. He also received the award of best player in all Essex age groups and is now on the County Academy.
  • Dominic Manthorpe (Essex): Dominic is a seventeen-year-old left-arm medium fast bowler and left-handed batsman. He was identified as a strongly built left-arm seam bowler whilst playing for Suffolk against Essex in 2014 and has now become part of the Essex Academy.
  • Don Manuwelge (Middlesex): A talented top order batsman and off-spin bowler, who has been very successful in the Middlesex Youth and County 2nd XI cricket in recent seasons. Don arrived in the UK from Sri Lanka aged thirteen and the County have high hopes for his future, especially now he is qualified for England.
  • George Pardoe (Hampshire): An Under-14 seam bowler, who is now in his first year on the Hampshire Emerging Players Programme and is an important member of the County’s fast bowling programme.
  • Anis Raza (Nottingham): A promising young spin bowler now in second year with the Notts Academy. He represented the Midlands Region at U15 last season and was awarded the Bowler of the Tournament at the Bunbury Festival.
  • Oliver Robinson (Kent): He is a sixteen-year-old wicket-keeper and right-hand batsman and represented Kent U15 and U17 Performance teams last summer.
  • Sukhjit (Sunny) Singh, (Warwickshire): Sunny is a left-arm spinner who emigrated from India about four years ago and is currently in his second year on the Warwickshire Academy. He has played for Warwickshire U19 as well as a few 2nd XI games for the County last season.
  • Joe Voke (Glamorgan): Joe is an exciting top order batsman in his first year on the County Academy. He was one of the leading batsmen in the Glamorgan U17 team last year which reached the final of the U17 Trophy and semi-final of the two-day championship.
  • Jem Warner (Dorset): A leg spin bowler and middle order batsman, Jem played for Dorset U17 for whom he was their Player of the Year last season, and was the leading wicket taker in the Dorset Premier League in 2014.

(2) Blind Cricket.

The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust is proud to continue its support of cricket for the visually impaired and a grant of £7,500 was awarded to Blind Cricket England and Wales towards the cost of funding their sixth annual development weekend at the University of Leicester in September 2015, designed to introduce players and teams from around the country to blind cricket.

An additional grant of £6,000 was given to Female VI Cricket Development 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. Last year the first-ever international womens’ blind cricket match was held in Nepal and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust was 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.

Brian Johnston Scholarships And Awards 2014

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.