Kent players vs Australia

Bell-Drummond and Hunn star for Kent against Australia

Daniel Bell-Drummond lit up a fine Kent resistance with a 92-ball century against Australia in the tour match at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Australia won by 255 runs but not before the 21-year-old opener hit 127 runs off 112 balls as the Lewisham-born batsman saw off the new ball from Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle to record his fourth century of the season.

Receiving a handshake from Australia skipper Michael Clarke as he departed, Bell-Drummond fell lbw to Ryan Harris after hitting 21 boundaries and three sixes.

The innings was compared favourably to Colin Cowdrey’s ton in Kent’s only victory over Australia since the 19th century, which took place 40 years ago this weekend.

Mitchell Claydon made 53 off 27 balls with some destructive hitting against his compatriots, but the tourists claimed a 255-run triumph.

Spin from Fawad Ahmed (2/74) and Steve Smith (3/54) picked up five wickets but not before Kent fought back with Daniel Bell-Drummond and later, Mitchell Claydon counter-attacking, clearing the ropes to the delight of the fourth-day crowd at Canterbury.

More than 15,000 people attended the four-day match with a similar number of pints of the sponsors’ brew served at the ground in a match played in the best of spirits.

The performance of two 21-year-olds stood out for Kent: Matt Hunn’s first-innings five-wicket haul and Bell-Drummond’s century were outstanding performances against a side intensely competing for starting spots in the Ashes series next month.

Article courtesy of Kent Cricket

Mark Footitt in action for Derbyshire

Derbyshire’s Footitt named in England training squad

Mark Footitt has been named in England’s 14-man squad for a pre-Ashes training camp in Spain, taking place from Saturday 27 June.

The left-arm paceman, who ended the 2014 season as the country’s leading wicket taker, will join the pre-Ashes party for the four-day training camp with England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss.

The 28-year-old was the county’s standout seamer last summer, claiming 106 wickets in all competitions, the most by a Derbyshire bowler since Brian Jackson and Harold Rhodes in 1965.

Footitt has continued to lead the way with the ball in 2015, claiming 32 wickets in eight first-class appearances this summer, at 24 apiece.

The final squad for the first Investec Ashes Test, to take place at Cardiff on Wednesday 8 July, will be announced within a few of days after the conclusion of the camp.

Footitt said: “It’s nice to receive this level of recognition for the hard work over the last 18 months.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to show the England coaching staff first-hand what I am about and I hope I can impress and stake my claim for a place in the final Ashes squad.

“International cricket is massive and I think if you ask any county cricketer they would want to play for England. It would be an honour to get a chance to represent my country in the Ashes.”

Andrew Strauss, Director of England cricket, added: “With Trevor Bayliss arriving in the country next Thursday, Trevor, Alastair and I felt it important that both players and management likely to be involved in the early stages of the Investec Ashes have chance to meet him and fully understand his approach prior to meeting up for the start of the Test series.

“With that in mind, we have arranged a preparation camp in Spain. This will involve a combination of physical and fielding sessions and planning meetings in an informal environment in order to provide the best possible lead up to the first Test in Cardiff.”

Article courtesy of Derbyshire CCC

Team Derby celebrate

Team Derby crowed National Badminton League champions

Team Derby beat Loughborough 3-2 to clinch the inaugural National Badminton League title in Crawley yesterday.

With both semi-finals and the final packed into a busy day of action the University of Derby-based side defeated local rivals Nottingham in the semi final to setup a final against a Loughborough side that had suprisingly beaten favourites Surrey in their final-four tie.

Chris Coles and Andy Ellis game Derby the perfect start to the final as they took the men’s doubles tie of the match by three sets to love (9-5, 9-6, 9-8) against Peter Briggs and Greg Mairs, but Loughborough levelled the match when captain Jenny Wallwork and Chloe Birch were too good for Derby teenagers Tiara Samuel and Lydia Powell in the Women’s Doubles, winning 3-0 (9-3, 9-4, 9-6)

Next on court was hugely popular Team Derby skipper Rajiv Ouseph who faced the unbeated Henri Hurskainen, who was the only player to have won all of his five matches during the regular season. Ouseph took the first set 9-2 before Hurskainen levelled with a 9-3 win in the second set. The third set proved to be a thriller with Ouseph fighting back from 8-5 down to snatch the set 9-8 with a powerplay.

Hurskainen stormed back to clinch the fourth set 9-5 to set up a dramatic deciding set which went down to the final point after the Swede had saved three match points before Ouseph clinched the win after a mistake from his opponent.

Derby led the best of five match 2-1 but Martin Campbell and Gail Emms were beaten 9-3, 9-4, 9-2 to tie the match at 2-2 ahead of the deciding women’s singles between Derby’s Karin Schnaase and Linda Zetchiri.

The German bounced back from 5-3 down to lead 8-5, before clinching the first set 9-7. She took advantage of a couple of mistakes from Zetchiri to clinch the second set 9-4 before taking command of the third set (9-4) to seal the overall victory and huge celebrations among the Team Derby squad and their supporters.

Speaking after the win, Donna Kellogg said: “To win the NBL title is absolutely fantastic. When we first agreed to be one of the franchise teams it was the dream to be crowned champions.

“Our supporters have been amazing throughout the season and the players have shown great commitment and determination on court and that really paid off in the finals.”

Ollie Shearer, Team Derby Franchise Director at the University of Derby, added: “The final was very close and Loughborough pushed us all the way. We were confident we could challenge for the title the moment we became a founding franchise.

“There are some high profile sporting universities in the league but I’ve always said if we are put on a level playing field we could show how strong Derby are. To be crowned champions is a testament to everyone involved and a sign of things to come from Derby.”

Chris Coles & Andy Ellis beat Peter Briggs & Greg Mairs 9-5, 9-6, 9-8
Lydia Powell & Tiara Samuel lost to Chloe Birch & Jenny Wallwork 3-9, 4-9, 6-9
Rajiv Ouseph beat Henri Hurskainen 9-2, 3-9, 9-8, 5-9, 5-4.
Martin Campbell & Gail Emms lost to Marcus Ellis & Lauren Smith 3-9, 4-9, 2-9
Karin Schnaase beat Linda Zetchiri 9-7, 9-4, 9-4.

Mark Cueto in the new Sale fluro away shirt

Mark Cueto scores on final Sale Sharks home appearance

Sale Sharks gave Mark Cueto a fairytale ending to his 14 year career with a 34-28 win over Newcastle Falcons on his final home appearance for the club.

Mark Cueto led the side out in the brand new Samurai fluorescent away shirt for what was his 303rd game for the club, in a career that started back in 2001. Ironically his first home game was against Newcastle at Heywood Road and his final home game would be against the same opponents. He received a standing ovation from the crowd as he led the side out.

Sharks were down to 14 men after just 90 seconds when Tommy Taylor was adjudged to have tip tackled a Falcons player even though the re-run showed that a Falcons player was involved too! However a minute later Josh Beaumont burst through the Falcons defence fed Chris Cusiter who ran in for the opening try which Danny Cipriani converted.
Falcons hit back and reduced the arrears on nine minutes with a try through Adam Powell, before Tom Brady unselfishley passed to Mark Cueto to allow him to touch down under the posts, much to the delight of the home fans.

A try for Sammy Tuitupou after an extended period of pressure for the home side was the final highlight of the first half which saw the home side lead 24-11 at the break.

David Seymour and TJ Ione scored second half tries for Sale with Richard Mayhew replying for the visitors before Cueto left the field to a standing ovation. Juana Pablo Socino’s late try for Falcons put the hosts under pressure but the defence held firm and the final whistle was greeted by big celebrations from the Sale fans.

Collins Injera playing for Kenya

Kenya secure IRB World Series status in Glasgow

Kenya collected five points and secured IRB World Series status by reaching the Bowl semi-finals at the Glasgow 7s over the weekend.

Drawn in an impossible looking Pool alongside New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa, Kenya competed closely in their opening games against two of the top three sides in the world, before turning the performances up a notch to beat Samoa 29-22 in the final game.

The win handed Kenya a tie against Portugal in the Bowl quarter-finals and a hugely significant game in the context of the overall season standings. The 12-0 win, courtesy of tries from Collins Injera and Billy Odhiambo relegated Portugal to the shield competition and ensured that Kenya picked up enough points to guarantee their core status for another season.

The tournament ended for Kenya with a 24-7 defeat to Argentina in the Bowl semi-finals, and in the main cup, Fiji clinched the crown with a 24-17 win over New Zealand to go top of the series log with 147 points, five clear of South Africa and eight clear of New Zealand.

Meanwhile Kenya are in Pool C alongside England, Scotland and Brazil for next weekend’s Marriott Sevens at Twickenham,  the final round of the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series

Kenya’s collated results

Saturday 9 May
7-22 v New Zealand
5-22 v South Africa
29-22 v Samoa

Sunday 10 May
Bowl Quarters
12-0 v Portugal

Bowl Semis
7-24 v Argentina