Many congratulations to our former Johnners scholar Heather Knight on her match-winning century that secured a 3-1 ODI series win over New Zealand. The England captain scored 101 at Derby to drive home a new record run chase for the England Women of 245 for 7 and clinch the series with one game left to play.
After the Second Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Jonathan Agnew paid a tribute to his former Test Match Special colleague Brian Johnston, buried at Swanage in Dorset.
Another brilliant record for one of our original Johnners Scholars, Adil Rashid, who has become the first England spinner to reach 150 wickets in ODIs. He is only the seventh spin bowler to do so while playing for a non-Asian team. Congratulations from us all at the Johnners Trust!
The Johnners Trust Awards Panel was able to hold its annual meeting on 17 April 2020, albeit via Zoom, and we were delighted to welcome Alison Mitchell, the experienced presenter, sports journalist and cricket commentator, who has joined the panel as our new Trustee. Despite the lack of foreseeable cricket at the time, we agreed to make the following awards:
- Scholarships in the sum of £300 to twenty or so promising young cricketers, both girls and boys, in financial need, recommended to us as usual by David Graveney OBE, National Performance Manager for ECB. These Scholarships were intended to compensate the scholars for some of their cricket expenditure during the winter months.
- Blind & Visually Impaired Cricket: to support Blind Cricket England & Wales (BCEW) for their annual Development Festival at Leicester University, provisional upon it being able to go ahead.
The Panel kept their options open to make further awards in the event of cricket activity resuming, both in the cases of scholarships and blind cricket.
The 24th annual Johnners Dinner was held in the Long Room at Lord’s on 4 November 2019. The event was a sell out and we would like to thank Chris Cowdrey and our guest speakers Dan Norcross and Ebony Rainford-Brent from BBC Test Match Special for making the evening such as success. We raised more than £10,000 for the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. The photo shows Barry Johnston checking the tables before the dinner.
Well done, England, for a truly sensational victory in the Cricket World Cup. We are also thrilled that a key member of the team was Adil Rashid, one of our first Johnners cricket scholars when he was a teenager in Bradford, and now a part of world cricket history.
Many congratulations to one of our former Johnners Scholars, Ben Foakes, for being named Man of the Series in England’s brilliant 3-0 series whitewash in Sri Lanka last month, the first time the England team have achieved such a feat in a three-match Test series overseas for more than fifty years. Another former Johnners Scholar, Adil Rashid, also played a vital role in the series, including career-best figures of 5 for 49 in the final Test.
The 23rd annual Johnners Dinner took place in the Long Room at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 5 November 2018. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a great evening, especially Sir Richard Stilgoe for his witty introduction, Chris Cowdrey for his brilliant interviewing and auctioneering and, of course, actor, comedian and broadcaster Miles Jupp for his very entertaining speech. We raised more than £10,000 towards funding the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. This is a photo of Miles Jupp with Brian’s youngest granddaughter, Olivia Johnston.
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.
We are proud to announce that two former Johnners scholars have received medals in the New Year’s Honours list. Heather Knight, the captain of the England Women’s Cricket team has been awarded an OBE for leading her team to victory in the Cricket World Cup in 2017 and Anya Shrubsole has been awarded an MBE for her outstanding performance as the player of the match in the World Cup final with her bowling figures of 6-46. Many congratulations to them both!