Young guns help celebrate Brian Johnston's centenary
The annual Brian Johnston Memorial Trust (BJMT) dinner (29 October) celebrated what would have been the legendary cricket commentator’s 100th birthday at Lord’s Cricket Ground, where the charity was launched in Brian’s memory in 1995, and the achievements of two of the Trust’s young beneficiaries who made a big impact in first-class cricket this year.
The Johnston family and assembled guests at the dinner, hosted by Brian’s former BBC Test Match Special producer, Peter Baxter, saw Essex pace bowler, Tymal Mills, and Glamorgan off-spinner, Andrew Salter, collect awards from ECB performance manager, David Graveney, while special tributes were paid to Brian by Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Sir Tim Rice and Sir Richard Stilgoe.
Mills (20) received a BJMT scholarship early on in his career to assist his development at Essex CCC and has since gone on to represent England U19s and has already picked up over 20 fist-class wickets. Salter (19), who recently signed his first professional contract with Glamorgan CCC, is a graduate of the BJMT Elite Spin Programme, which works in partnership with the ECB to improve the standard of spin bowling at county academy and university level.
Former England spinner, Peter Such, is the ECB’s national lead spin bowling coach. Of Andrew’s award, Peter said: “The award to Andrew is in recognition of his progress through the BJMT Elite Spin Programme both at Glamorgan and MCC Cardiff University where he has worked with Robert Croft over the past two winters. This is what the programme is all about.”
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