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Root and Foakes lead England to victory

Well done to Ben Foakes (Johnners Scholar, 2009) and Joe Root on their unbeaten 120-run stand to give England an incredible five-wicket win against New Zealand in the First Test at Lord’s! The England wicketkeeper also took five catches behind the stumps.

Ebony Rainford-Brent receives her MBE

Our sincere congratulations to one of our first Johnners Scholars, Ebony Rainford-Brent, on receiving an MBE from the Prince of Wales at Windsor Castle for services to cricket and charity. Ebony was the first black woman to play cricket for England and is now a popular commentator and has set up a programme to encourage more black teenagers to play cricket.

The 25th Annual Johnners Trust Dinner 2021

Thanks to everyone who came to the 25th Annual Johnners Trust Dinner in the Long Room at Lord’s, where we raised an excellent £18,000 towards funding the Johnners cricket scholarships. This photo is of Brian’s four eldest children: Barry, Clare, Andrew and Ian Johnston/Oldridge at the dinner.

Adil Rashid 4 for 2

We send congratulations and best wishes to our former Johnners scholar Adil Rashid after his astonishing figures of 4 for 2 against the West Indies in the T20 World Cup in Dubai. Johnners would have been so proud!

England Women ODI series win

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.



Johnners and Aggers reunited

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.

Adil Rashid’s 150th ODI wicket!

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!

2020 Scholarship Awards Panel

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.


Annual Johnners Dinner 2019

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.

England win World Cup!

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.