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By Alex Hoad

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16:00 - CLOSE

Thank you for joining us for another installment of Kent Sportsday. We will be back on Monday morning.

However, don't miss Kent Football Match Centre tomorrow at www.kentonline.co.uk/sport where we will bring you all the action from the day's football matches, including Gillingham v Rotherham, Charlton v Reading and all the non-league games.

15:55 - CRICKET

It's been an excellent day for Kent cricket.

England women's captain Charlotte Edwards guided her side into the World t20 final with a nine-wicket win against South Africa. They will now play Australia in the final on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sam Northeast and Daniel Bell-Drummond both hit unbeaten centuries before retiring in Kent's friendly at Essex. They are currently 262-3.

15:50 - FOOTBALL

We are 10 minutes away from the end of Kent Sportsday, so now seems like a good time to check on the results from the three questions we asked you.

And there is a clear winner in all three polls.

62% of you think that Paul Scally should offer Peter Taylor a new deal now, with only 23% saying wait until the end of the season.

93% of you think that terracing should be returned to football grounds.

Meanwhile, the best promotion-chasing manager is Folkestone's Neil Cugley with 62% of the vote. Ebbsfleet's Steve Brown is second with 31%.

15:40 - FOOTBALL

A catch up from earlier, where Paul Scally said he will wait until the Gills are safe before deciding on the future of Peter Taylor. See what he said here.

15:25 - CRICKET

Kent have lost a couple of quick wickets in the warm-up game at Essex. Former England bowler Saj Mahmood has struck twice to dismiss Ben Harmison and Geraint Jones.

In the World t20 semi-final, South Africa have posted 172-4 from their 20 overs against India.

15:15 - FOOTBALL

If Tonbridge Angels finish third bottom in Skrill South this season, there is still a chance they might avoid the drop.

That would be the case if Maidstone United win the Ryman Premier League play-offs and are refused entry into the Conference because of their 3G pitch.

However, Angels boss Tommy Warrilow doesn't want to leave anything to chance and is urging his side to finish the season well and outside of the bottom three.

Read more here.

14:55 - CRICKET

Kent are currently 214-2 against Essex in their warm-up game. However, no wickets have fallen but both Sam Northeast and Daniel Bell-Drummond retired after reaching centuries.


KM sports reporter Steve Tervet went to meet the family behind Folkestone Invicta forward Johan ter Horst - who signed for Hull City last month.

Johan ter Horst (centre) with his parents Clare and Jeroen Picture: Gary Browne
Johan ter Horst (centre) with his parents Clare and Jeroen Picture: Gary Browne

Johan's mum Clare is still coming to terms with the big move, she told Steve: "I think we’re still in the 'not believing stage.' What is it (about Johan) that’s different? He runs around on the pitch like everybody else."

Read the full story here.

14:25 - CRICKET

Kent's opening batsmen continue to march on in their two-day friendly against Essex. They are now 174-0 with Daniel Bell-Drummond unbeaten on 88, while Sam Northeast is 80 not out.

Meanwhile in the World t20 semi-final, South Africa are batting first against India and are currently 44-2 from 5.2 overs.

14:15 - FOOTBALL

Don't forget, if you can't get to the game of your choice tomorrow, you can follow all the action with Kent Football Match Centre from 2.30pm at www.kentonline.co.uk/sport

14:00 - CRICKET

Former Kent overseas star Wayne Parnell is in action for South Africa in the World t20 semi-final against India. The winners will face Sri Lanka in Sunday's final.

13:45 - ICE HOCKEY

Invicta Dynamos have received a boost ahead of their ENIHL Division 1 South play-offs double header against Cardiff Devils this weekend, with the return of netminder Chris Douglas.

See what he had to say here.


After Ebbsfleet manager Steve Brown received praise earlier, we have decided to ask you who you think has been the best promotion-chasing manager so far this season?

13:25 - CRICKET

England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards has been talking after their nine-wicket Word t20 semi-final win over South Africa, which has set up a final against Australia on Sunday.

The Kent skipper said: “It’s really exciting (to make another final), the team played exceptionally well today and it was the kind of performance you want to put in, in a semi-final.

"We want to keep going, keep the momentum with us and it’s all about putting a big performance in on Sunday.

“If we do that we are quite capable of winning.”

13:15 - FOOTBALL

Support for Ebbsfleet boss Steve Brown. Who do you think is the best football manager in Kent?

13:00 - CRICKET

It’s a gloomy day in Essex and the floodlights are on at the CountyGround, but Kent’s batsmen have made a bright start to their day of batting against the hosts in the two-day friendly.

Both of Kent's openers have made half-centuries and are 116 without loss at lunch. Daniel Bell-Drummond is 60 not out and Sam Northeast is 50 not out.

12.45 - FOOTBALL

We are back from lunch, and back with a positive story...

Ebbsfleet’s Anthony Cook has praised the relationship he has with manager Steve Brown.

Honesty is definitely the best policy for the pacy winger, who said: “We’ve got a great relationship – an honest and true relationship. If I’ve got something to say I will say, I’ll say it and if he’s got something to say, he’ll say it.”

Read more of Steve Tervet’s story here.

12:15 - LUNCH

Today's highlights so far include:

Kent's Charlotte Edwards leads England's women into the World t20 final.

Gillingham chairman Paul Scally says he is open to a return of terracing.

Dartford loanee Alex Wall has been recalled by Luton.

12:00 - CRICKET

England's women have beaten South Africa by nine wickets with 19 balls remaining in the World t20 semi-final. They will play Australia in the final on Sunday morning.

11:45 - CRICKET

Kent's Charlotte Edwards has departed for 36 from 40 balls but England's women are 72-1 chasing 102 to beat South Africa in the World t20 semi-final. 48 balls remaining.

Australia await the winners (England) in the final.

11:35 - FOOTBALL

Did you know that Southern Counties East League Premier Division side Greenwich Borough play their home games at Dartford's Princes Park home?

No? Not to worry, you've got another two years in which to go and see them there after the existing agreement was extended by the two sides.

Greenwich will continue to play their home fixtures on alternate Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.


Another win for Chatham last night (see 10:30) but no time to dwell on that.

Town boss Kevin Watson has already turned his attention to trying to make it 11 wins in 13 games in Ryman League Division 1 North tomorrow.

Click here to read his views.


Terracing at football grounds is an emotive subject at the best of times, but given the recent start of inquest proceedings in the north west it's possibly more emotive than ever.

Gills chairman Paul Scally says he is open to a return of standing at Priestfield, or at a new ground, should it happen, as he says here.

We'd love to hear your views on the matter, so get in touch via twitter, Facebook or via the comments section below, though please think carefully before clicking submit, I'm sure you wouldn't want your views to accidentally offend anyone.

10:50 - CRICKET

England's women need 102 to reach the World t20 final after a ruthless display against South Africa.

Five run-outs - a new record - through a combination of sharp fielding and, err, how do I say this nicely... calamitous running between the wickets.


It only takes a minute, as Take That once sang, to win a game of Ryman League Division 1 South football.

Unfortunately for Whitstable Town the minute in question was the last one, and they did not win it but lost at home to Leatherhead last night.

Charlie Smith put the Oystermen ahead after 12 minutes, though former Stones striker Ian Draycott levelled soon after and the Tanners turned the game around shortly after half-time.

Macauley Murray looked to have earned a point 14 minutes from time but Kevin Terry pounced in the dying seconds to win it for the visitors, who now need just a point to secure their play-off place.

Town remain seven points clear of the drop-zone with seven games remaining however after third-bottom Redhill lost 1-0 to Chipstead.

Herne Bay boosted their own survival hopes with a 1-0 home win over second-bottom Crawley Down Gatwick.

Sam Hasler’s fourth-minute goal proved the difference as Bay moved two points ahead of Whitstable, with a game in hand.

Chatham’s resurgence in Division 1 North continued as they stunned play-off chasing Heybridge 2-0 on the road last night, to see them reach the top-half for the first time since August.

Two goals in three minutes from Ade Yusuff and Matt Solly at the start of the second half proved the difference for Kevin Watson’s men, who have won 10 of their last 12 games.

10:10 - CRICKET

If it wasn't for England's Women then England cricket would have had very little to celebrate in the past six months.

Our lasses have South Africa reeling at 33-5 in the 10th over of the World t20 semi-final.

10:00 - FOOTBALL

Gills fans haven't seen Stephen Butcher since the opening day of the League 1 season, and the way things are going, they won't see him in their colours again.

One team who are looking forward to seeing more of him, however, are Maidstone. Click here to see Craig Tucker's interview with boss Jay Saunders.

Stephen Butcher (left) in League 1 action for Gillingham against Colchester Picture: Barry Goodwin
Stephen Butcher (left) in League 1 action for Gillingham against Colchester Picture: Barry Goodwin

09:45 - FOOTBALL

Real blow for Dartford's hopes of Skrill Premier survival last night as on-loan Luton striker Alex Wall, who has played such an important part in their resurgence, was recalled by the Hatters.

Click here to read Steve Tervet's story.


Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince - Summertime. Obviously.

09:30 - FOOTBALL

If someone tells you that you can't do something, it just makes you want to do it more, right? That's just basic human psychology. Maidstone United fans will know what I'm talking about. The 'We'll show you' attitude.

Skipper Steve Watt gives his view on the Stones play-off reprieve here, saying that now they've been allowed to contest the play-offs, better make sure they do.


That tweet is pretty much the future of journalism. Everything you need to know, in 140 characters. Three Kent women are in the England side to take on South Africa in the semi-final of the World t20. Starts soon.

Only things it doesn't say are that England have won the toss and will bowl and that I will keep you up to date with their progress right here.

Kent's men are in action in the second day of a red-ball game at Chelmsford. Flurry of wickets last night saw the hosts bowled out for 316, with Kent getting 90 overs in the middle today (weather permitting) to try and better that in the first Battle of the Bridge of 2014. Updates from 11am.

09:10 - POLL

Peter Taylor.... has he done well? Has he done well enough? Will he do any better next year? Here's a handy poll to ensure your feelings are known... and fear not, he won't find out who voted for what.


Lot of Gills news to get through today. Seems like about a month since they last played but they're back in action against Rotherham in League 1 tomorrow afternoon.

Peter Taylor's performance since being appointed interim boss has divided opnion somewhat, and Paul Scally is in no rush to hand him an extended deal to remain in the Priestfield hot-seat.

Click here to see what the Gillingham manager and chairman had to say about his future.

09:00 - KICK-OFF

Good morning and welcome to another Sportsday. The weekend's so close you can almost touch it, but rather than waste your time trying to do so for the next seven hours, why don't you stick with us instead.

I'll bring you all the sports news from across Kent that you need, plus live updates from sports going on across the globe.

We'll be dropping in with Gillingham, Charlton, Maidstone United, Kent cricket and more this morning, plus building up to the weekend's action and looking back at the Thursday night games.

So keep a tab open throughout the day, or take us with you on your mobile device, and remember to keep hitting refresh to ensure you keep up to date with the breaking news throughout Friday's Sportsday.

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