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Anya Wins World Cup

Many congratulations to former Johnners Scholar Anya Shrubsole for being named Player of the Match in the thrilling Women’s World Cup Final at Lord’s yesterday. Anya took six wickets and made a vital run-out as England beat India by nine runs.  The Brian Johnston Memorial Trust first granted a scholarship award to Anya when she was only thirteen years old in 2005 and we continued her funding for the next two years. We are absolutely delighted with her success.

Congratulations also to the other Johnners Scholars in the England Women’s team, their captain Heather Knight and Jenny Gunn, and not forgetting another former scholar, Ebony Rainford-Brent, who did such a brilliant job in the BBC radio commentary box!

2017 Scholarship Awards Panel

The Awards Panel of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust met on 26 April 2017 at the head office of the Lord’s Taverners in Chancery Lane and a total of £45,000 was awarded in Johnners Scholarships to 24 young cricketers in need of financial assistance to help with their coaching expenses, as well as a continuing grant in support of the BJMT/ECB Elite Spin Bowling Programme, and the funding of the annual Blind Cricket England & Wales national development festival at Leicester University in September 2017 and the new BCEW UK Women and Girls regional programme.

Annual Johnners Dinner

The annual Johnners Dinner took place on 7 November 2016 in the Long Room at Lord’s. This year we celebrated the 21st anniversary of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust and the evening was sold out, raising more than £13,000 towards the Brian Johnston cricket scholarships. Many thanks to our vice-patron Sir John Major for his brilliant speech, and to Chris Cowdrey, Peter Such, and everyone from the Lord’s Taverners who helped to make the dinner such a great success. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Adil Rashid

Congratulations to Adil Rashid on being selected as a member of the England squad for the 2016/17 tour of Bangladesh and India. The Yorkshire leg-spinner was awarded a Brian Johnston cricket scholarship when he was still a teenager, and the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust also helped to fund his coaching with Shane Warne’s legendary bowling coach, Terry Jenner, in Australia. Adil is the first former Johnners Scholar to play Test cricket for England and we wish him every success.

2016 Scholarship Awards

The Awards Panel of the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust met on 20 April 2016 and a total of £45,000 was awarded in Johnners Scholarships to young cricketers in need of financial assistance to help with coaching expenses, as well as grants to support the BJMT/ECB Elite Spin Bowling Programme, and the funding of the annual Blind Cricket England & Wales Development Weekend at Leicester University.