Tom scoops top gong

Droitwich Advertiser: Recognition: Bromsgrove School’s Tom Banton, 14, has been named boy of the year by School Sports Magazine. Recognition: Bromsgrove School’s Tom Banton, 14, has been named boy of the year by School Sports Magazine.

BROMSGROVE School run machine Tom Banton has seen his efforts recognised after receiving an award from School Sports Magazine.

The gifted young cricketer, 14, has been named school boy of the year in the publication’s annual awards.

The accolade, sponsored this year by equipment specialists Maude Sports, is based on achievements during the 2011-12 school year and is awarded to a pupil who has broken all school sporting records, scored an extraordinary number of goals, tries, runs or points for their school team in whatever sport they play, or been the match winner on the way to a national title or overcome great personal odds just to compete and achieve.

Editor Phil Tusler said: “The category was especially competitive this year but his win is fully deserved.”

Banton recorded the highest score in history of the ESCA David English Bunbury Cup, smashing 237 not out as Bromsgrove School fired a mammoth 314-3 against Wolverhampton’s Birchfield School to reach the third round of the national competition.

Organisers believe the score is one of the highest-ever individual scores by any young cricketer in a limited overs tournament – and one of the biggest anywhere in Britain.

The huge score followed his century in the first round for Bromsgrove in their 87-run defeat of Denstone College.

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