Olivia Thomas © Lancashire Cricket Academy/ Twitter

16-year-old Olivia Thomas has been awarded this year’s Brian Johnston Memorial Trust scholarship after the right-arm bowler made her senior county debut for Lancashire last season against Nottinghamshire.

Founded in 1995, the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust aims to provide financial assistance to any promising young players, to help fulfill their potential at the county level in both men’s and women’s cricket.

“We’re delighted that Olivia has received this support from the Brian Johnston Memorial Trust,” said Jen Barden, women’s and girl’s manager at Lancashire Cricket, said. “It can go a long way to helping young cricketers fulfil their potential and we’re all looking forward to seeing how she develops in the coming years.”

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On debut for Lancashire at the Carnforth Cricket Club in a 50-over fixture, Thomas did her reputation no harm, finishing with figures of 1-31 off seven overs. She picked up the big wicket of Jenny Gunn with her spin to get her career off to a promising start.

The teenage spinner, who plays for Heywood Cricket Club, has come through Lancashire’s pathway system, representing the club at the Under-15 level in the National finals, and the Under-17s at the National T20 final before making her senior county debut. Thomas is also part of Thunder Regional Development Center and was also named in the England women’s training program for the winter of 2019-20.