Smith century honoured by award

Ben Smith from William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin was highly commended at the second annual School Sport Matters Awards. The awards at Lord s cricket ground last Wednesday were attended by schoolchildren and teachers from across the UK and a host of

Ben Smith from William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin was highly commended at the second annual School Sport Matters Awards.

The awards at Lord's cricket ground last Wednesday were attended by schoolchildren and teachers from across the UK and a host of sporting celebrities including Dame Kelly Holmes, Darren Campbell and David Weir.

Government ministers Richard Caborn MP and Kate Hoey MP also presented awards on the day.

The School Sport Matters Awards, a joint venture between The Daily Telegraph and Norwich Union, recognise the importance of school sport and celebrate the accomplishments of those who have demonstrated a commitment to school sport in the past year.

Schools across the UK were invited to enter for awards in 10 categories, and finalists were invited to attend the ceremony.

Smith was awarded highly commended in the male student of the year category.

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Daily Telegraph sports writer and a School Sport Matters Awards judge, Gareth Davies, said: "Is there anyone out there who can match Ben Smith in having played 100 times at cricket for his primary school?!

"I know he met Angus Fraser last summer and if he continues as he is, he may well be playing with Test cricketers in the future. Congratulations!"

Guests were treated to a special appearance by Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs, who broadcasted their TalkSport Radio show live from the awards.

The day also included lunch and a tour of Lord's cricket ground.