Monday, November 21st, 2016

Praise For Award Winner Westbury From Andy Hurry

Praise For Award Winner Westbury From Andy Hurry

England Under-19s and Young Lions coach Andy Hurry has praised Worcestershire batsman Ollie Westbury after winning the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust Medal Of Achievement.

Westbury received the Medal – awarded from amongst the players who had been granted scholarships during 2016 by the BJMT – at a dinner in the Long Room at Lord's last week.

The £500 scholarship was beneficial in helping Westbury with the costs in commuting from Dudley to coaching and training sessions at Malvern College and New Road.

His England Under-19 team-mate Amar Virdi won the Spin Bowling Medal Of Achievement as part of the Trust's support of young spinners.

Hurry said: "Ollie and Amar were newcomers to international Under-19s cricket last year and both made significant contributions against Sri Lanka, and gained a lot from the experience.

"They were both awarded contracts by their counties late in the summer.

"These awards from the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust are further deserved recognition of the progress they are making."

Peter Such, the ECB's lead spin-bowling coach, said: "The support provided by the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust has helped so many young players over the years.

"In terms of spinners, it allows us to have a network of specialist spin bowling coaches around the 18 first-class counties and MCC Universities.

"The BJMT also award scholarships direct to cricketers in need of financial assistance, and Ollie Westbury is the latest of many young players to have benefited from that."