Rising cricket star benefits from Rotarian's legacy

Martin Trepte

Colt of the year Devash Bikhan receives his bursary from Rotary Club President Martin Trepte.

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A rising star at Boyne Hill Cricket Club is the first to be honoured under a new scheme in memory of a Maidenhead Rotarian.

Devansh Bikhan, aged 17, has been named Colt of the Year at the club and will receive a shield and £100 bursary for specialist training thanks to a legacy from former Maidenhead Rotary Club president Ramesh Kapur.

Devash, who is studying for A-levels at Desborough School, has played at the club since 2016 and won the accolade at the end of a season that has seen him support younger cricketers, captain a youth team and even play for the club’s first XI.

“I’m delighted to have been chosen,” said Devash. “I have been very interested in cricket since I was very young. My biggest ambition is to play for England. I have been regularly and consistently contributing to the club - bowling and batting well - and captained the colts and coached the under-15s.”

Chairman Stephen Spencer-Jones said: “He was picked as quite simply he is the best colt we have in the club. He is the only colt who has played in our first eleven so his talent has even been recognised by the senior section of the club.”

Ramesh, who died in 2017, was a former board member of the cricket club. His legacy, which was arranged through Maidenhead Rotary Club, has also helped buy a new electronic scoreboard.

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