We are thrilled that our former Johnners Scholar Anya Shrubsole has become the first female cricketer ever to be featured on the cover of Wisden. It is a great honour and very well deserved. Anya is a wonderful ambassador for women’s cricket and we wish her even more success in the future.
Three generations of Johnners! Brian Johnston, his eldest son Barry and granddaughter Olivia photographed at the annual Johnners Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 7 November 2016. This was the first time Olivia had ever visited Lord’s, where her grandfather commentated on BBC television and radio at every England Test match for nearly fifty years.
The annual Johnners Dinner took place on 2 November 2015 in the Long Room at Lord’s. The evening was sold out and it raised more than £10,000 towards funding the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. Many thanks to Sir Tim Rice for his wonderful speech, Charles Hanson for his energetic auctioneering, and to Chris Cowdrey, Peter Such, and everyone from the Lord’s Taverners who helped to make the dinner such a great success. See you next year for our 21st anniversary!
Many congratulations to Adil Rashid on becoming the first former Johnners Scholar to play Test cricket for England. The Yorkshire leg-spinner made his debut in the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on 13 October 2015 and took five for 64 on the final day, the first such haul by an English leg-spinner since 1959.
It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of the Australian cricket commentator Richie Benaud at the age of 84. Richie and his wife Daphne have been great friends of Brian Johnston and all of the Johnston family for more than fifty years. Continue reading