Kent Matt Coles

Kent cricket victorious over Leicester – Coles the star man.

Kent followed on from an encouraging performance against Australia in their Warm-up Ashes match with a convincing eight-wicket win over Leicestershire. Matt Coles provided a pivotal role in securing the clubs victory, with six wickets in the first-innings and a further four in the second.

Charlie Shreck and Ben Raine fought valiantly to score as many runs for Leicestershire after heavy rain the night before, however Coles’ 10-94 was decisive in leaving Kent chasing just 73 runs in their second-innings. Joe Denly scored 37 off 48 balls with Sam Northeast hitting 28 off 25 to start the celebrations just after lunch.

This was Coles’ best performance in a Samurai shirt since returning from Hampshire at the start of the summer, Kent will be hoping to kick on from here for the next part of the season.

Wales World Cup squad

Wales World Cup squad announced

With the Netball World Cup under two months away, Wales have announced the 12 player squad that will travel to Australia’s Allphones Arena and Netball Central venues within Sydney’s Olympic park.

Captaining Wales is the team’s current most experienced player, Suzy Drane. Achieving 66 caps so far in her career, and fulfilling prominent team roles in both Singapore and Glasgow, where the team finished in 9th and 8th respectively; Suzy has gained a much-needed understanding of what needs to be done for the team to have a successful tournament.

When speaking to Welsh Netball just after the announcement, Suzy said “It’s a huge honour to be invited to captain the Welsh team heading to Australia and I will be leading a highly motivated and well prepared group of players. Most of us have played together for the Celtic Dragons in Netball Superleague and the Welsh team for the past few seasons, so the team spirit and understanding is excellent. We had a really tough draw at the Commonwealth Games last year, being in the same Pool as Australia, England and South Africa, but we learned a huge amount in Scotland. “We’ve progressed almost beyond recognition since then and we will head down under hoping to fulfil our potential and challenge for a best ever finishing position. It is a huge tournament for the players, Wales and the sport as a whole and we intend to fully play our part.”

The captain is definitely right when talking about her team mates; between her and the eleven other ladies they share just over 300 caps! However, even in a team playing with so much maturity; players such as Georgia Rowe, Sara Bell and Lateisha Kidner have now made their claim as to why they should be in the side and are looking to make an instant positive impact.

Wales’s progressions since the Commonwealth games has been unequivocal and this World Cup is the stage they have been waiting for to take their results to the next level. Below you can find the entire Ladies’ squad before going into a bit more detail about their exciting journey:

PLAYER, CAPS, (POSITION)

Suzy Drane – Captain, 66 (Centre, Wing Defence)
Rosie Pretorius – Vice Captain , 18 (Goal Keeper, Goal Defence)
Lateisha Kidner 6 (Goal Keeper, Goal Defence)
Kelly Morgan – 18, (Goal Defence, Goal Keeper)
Stephanie Williams – 42, (Goal Defence, Wing Defence)
Kyra Jones – 26, (Centre Wing Defence)
Nic James – 40, (Wing Attack, Centre)
Bethan Dyke – 13, (Wing Attack, Centre)
Emma Thomas –  25, (Goal Attack, Goal Shooter)
Sara Bell – 3, (Goal Attack, Goal Shooter)
Chelsea Lewis – 42, (Goal Shooter, Goal Attack)
Georgia Rowe – 2, (Goal Shooter, Goal Attack).

Wales have one more World Cup Qualifier on this side of the hemisphere against England on the 8th of July at the Methyr Leisure Centre before travelling over to Tasmania on the 24th of July. Whilst over there they will play the Australian Centre of Excellence squad, Scotland and Tassie Spirit between the 30th of July and 3rd of August.

The ladies will then be fully prepared for the beginning of the tournament, where they have been placed in the same group as Fiji, Zambia and Uganda. With Fiji placed 7th in the current world rankings, just one place higher than Wales, this has all the makings of a closely-contested game.

We would just like to say congratulations to all of the girls who have been selected for the squad and we look forward to unveiling your kit before you go! You are truly another special member of the Samurai Family.

Kenya players celebrate a try vs Tunisia

Kenya register thumping win over Tunisia

Darwin Mukidza starred as the Simbas registered a 46-15 win over Tunisia in a Rugby Afrique Division 1A Championship match played at Nairobi’s RFUEA Grounds on Sunday 28 June 2015.

It was Tunisia who breached the score line first, Khlifa Eddin slotting home a drop goal and following this up with a penalty to see the Carthage Eagles go 6-0 up before Mukidza scored and converted his own try to put the Simbas 7-6 up.

Jacob Ojee would then play in Sammy Oliech who dived over the chalk, Mukidza converting for a 14-6 score before Eddin added two penalties to bring Tunisia to within two points of Kenya at the breather, the score board reading 14-12.

The second half began pretty much as the first half did, both sides asking questions of each other but it was the Simbas who extended their lead when Mukidza first curled over a goal attempt from a penalty following a Tunisia infringement before receiving the ball in motion, standing up from the deck after being tackled by a Tunisia opponent before spotting the gap and racing clear to touch down for a 22-12 lead.

Edins would land his fifth penalty of the match for Tunisia, bringing the scored to 22-15 before the floodgates opened, quite literally.

With Kenya putting Tunisia under pressure, Sammy Oliech would retrieve a high ball from Eddins, setting up the platform for an attack that ended up with Oliech landing his brace, Mukidza adding the extras for a 29-15 score.

Incessant pressure saw Kenya draw a penalty off Tunisia, Mukidza duly slotting home the goal attempt for a 32-15 score before Moses Amusala set up the platform for Robert Aringo to touch down, Mukidza converting for a 39-15 score.

Kenya would then retrieve the ball from a line out deep in Tunisian territory, Oliver Mang’eni breaking from the base of the scrum to set up another platform for a Kenyan attack, substitute Vincent Mose grounding with Mukidza converting for the 46-15 full time score.

Speaking after the match, Kenya coach Jerome Paarwater said, ” I told the boys to keep their cool and stay focused on the job and I am glad that they heeded the instructions and delivered the result.”

Article courtesy of Kenya Rugby Union

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