Promis­ing academy play­ers recog­nised with awards

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Cricket -

Three promis­ing crick­eters were recog­nised at the an­nual Kent Cricket Academy awards.

The John Aitken Gray Tro­phy was pre­sented by Myrna Gray, in mem­ory of her late hus­band, to wick­et­keeper­bats­man Ol­lie Robin­son, who has been a reg­u­lar in Kent’s 2nd XI, top scor­ing with 114 against Sus­sex.

Robin­son has rep­re­sented Eng­land un­der-19s in one day and Test se­ries against In­dia this sum­mer and has also made his List A de­but for Kent on the FGS Plant Tour to the West Indies.

He plays his club cricket at Beck­en­ham, at­tends Chisle­hurst & Sid­cup Gram­mar School and fol­lows cur­rent first team stars who re­ceived the award, in­clud­ing Daniel Bel­lDrum­mond, Adam Ball and Alex Blake.

The Colin Page Schol­ar­ship, pre­sented in mem­ory of the for­mer Kent player and coach, was pre­sented to un­der-17 bowler Tay­lor Chan­dler.

Page coached many crick­eters over the years but his love for de­vel­op­ing young homegrown tal­ent saw him spend many hours dur­ing the win­ter months in the in­door schools at both Can­ter­bury and Sevenoaks.

Tay­lor plays at Ch­est­field and at­tends Can­ter­bury Academy. He is a right-arm seamer who was iden­ti­fied by the Kent un­der-17 per­for­mance squad coaches as an in­di­vid­ual who has shown a high level of com­mit­ment to­wards his cricket dur­ing the win­ter train­ing and sum­mer match pro­gramme.

High­lights for Tay­lor have in­cluded a match-win­ning five wick­ets against Sur­rey in the ECB Un­der-17 One-day Cup and he was lead­ing wicket-taker for the un­der-17 team.

Tay­lor has also re­cently re­turned from the na­tional Su­per 4s com­pe­ti­tion hav­ing been se­lected for the Lon­don and East team. He re­ceived the award from Robert Gurr from Kent’s academy pro­gramme spon­sors Kent Re­liance.

The Ge­orge Pope Me­mo­rial Cup is awarded in hon­our of a teacher in south east Lon­don, who be­came a skilled iden­ti­fier and de­vel­oper of tal­ented young crick­eters within Lon­don Schools Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion in the 1940s.

He set up Kent Schools Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion in 1951. When he died in 1975, a cup was bought by his wife Edna to be awarded an­nu­ally to a player who had con­trib­uted to Kent Schools teams over sev­eral years and is now awarded an­nual to an out­stand­ing Kent un­der-15 boy.

The award this year went to Joe Gor­don, a bats­man from Can­ter­bury who at­tends St Ed­mund’s School.

He has rep­re­sented Kent un­der-15s, who were ECB na­tional cham­pi­ons, and the Kent un­der-17 squad.

On his de­but for the un­der-17s, Gor­don scored 88 and 31 against Mid­dle­sex, and was also se­lected for the Bun­bury Fes­ti­val for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive year.

Pic­ture: Andy Pay­ton FM4902418

Kent academy medal and tro­phy win­ners, with county player Calum Haggett, at back

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