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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic and Kent Cricket on Wednesday, April 9

By Steve Tervet

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16.00 - CLOSE

That's it for this edition of Sportsday. Thanks for joining me and scroll down this page at your leisure to catch up on all the day's big stories.

We'll be back at 08.00 on Thursday.

15.50 - CRICKET

Kent reach 278/4 at tea in their game against Loughborough MCCU at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. Ben Harmison (27) and Darren Stevens (8) are the not-out batsmen.

15.45 - FOOTBALL

So, what's happening tonight in the world of Kent non-league football?

Herne Bay travel to Burgess Hill in Ryman League Division 1 South, while Erith & Belvedere - who look destined for the drop - are at home to Needham Market in Division 1 North.

And in Southern Counties East, Canterbury City take on Cray Valley at Winch's Field.

15.35 - CRICKET

Brendan Nash goes for 87 and Kent are now 267/4 against Loughborough MCCU.

15.20 - FOOTBALL

Ryan Inniss gets stuck in as Gills battle for the points at London Road Picture: Ady Kerry

Here are Ady Kerry's pictures from Peterborough v Gillingham last night.

14.55 - FOOTBALL

Neil Cugley Picture: Gary Browne

Folkestone Invicta have got five games left to cement their place in the Ryman League Division 1 South play-offs. They won 3-0 at Walton & Hersham last night, although back-to-back Saturday defeats prompted manager Neil Cugley to question the mental strength of his players in this interview.

14.45 - CRICKET

Bell-Drummond retires on 103 and Ben Harmison comes out to join Brendan Nash (52).

Kent have moved along to 202/3 against Loughborough MCCU.

14.40 - CRICKET

This from our cricket correspondent...

14.26 - CRICKET

Daniel Bell-Drummond is having a great time at Canterbury. He's just brought up his century and moved Kent along to 191/2 in their game against Loughborough MCCU.

The game will finish as a draw, though, after the first of three days was wiped out by rain.


Darren Molloy takes charge of Folkestone RFC for the final time on Saturday after four years in charge at the New Burlington Ground. The former Wasps player told us he expects the Stones to go on and win promotion without him next season.

13.45 - BREAKING

Michael Phillips has come out of retirement Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone United midfielder Michael Phillips will miss the rest of the season with a broken toe - after accidentally kicking his captain Steve Watt in the face.

Scroll down to 10.20 and you'll see Watt didn't walk away unscathed either....

Read the extraordinary tale here.

13.25 - CRICKET

This picture of Sibton Park Cricket Club's flooded ground was taken in February

The sun may be out this week but Sibton Park Cricket Club are still feeling the effects of the bad weather which battered Kent at the start of the year. Flood water at their ground in Lyminge has only just receded and Park will have to play their opening home games of the 2014 season elsewhere.

The full story is here.

13.20 - CRICKET

Lunch being taken at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, where Kent are 150/2 in reply to Loughborough MCCU's 271. Daniel Bell-Drummond is on 76 and Brendan Nash has 28.

12.30 - BREAKING

Robbie Joseph in action for Kent against Durham Picture: Barry Godwin

Kent have re-signed fast bowler Robbie Joseph.

The 32-year-old returns to the club for a second spell, having previously been a Kent player between 2005 and 2011 before joining Leicestershire.

Click here for the full story.


Just joining us? Here's what you might have missed this morning...

Peter Taylor bemoans a lack of quality after Gillingham's 2-0 defeat at Peterborough

A night I'll never forget - Charlie Lee on his return to London Road

Maidstone United win the Robert Dyas League Cup to the delight of manager Jay Saunders

Tom Wynter signs a new two-year contract at Dover Athletic

Welling United's home defeat to Hereford is bad news for Dartford

Tonbridge Angels drop two points in their relegation dogfight

11.50 - CRICKET

Daniel Bell-Drummond reaches his half-century as Kent continue on their way against Loughborough MCCU. Kent are now 93/1 (Bell-Drummond 56, Northeast 29).

11.40 - CRICKET

Time to check in at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, where the first-class game between Kent and Loughborough MCCU has reached its third and final day.

Replying to Loughborough's 271, Kent are 67/1 after 21 overs.

11.30 - FOOTBALL

Sittingbourne, who beat Hastings 2-1 last night, are already turning their thoughts to next season.

Joint-manager Matt Wyatt, speaking to Craig Tucker, explains where he's at in terms of talking to his Brickies players about new contracts.

11.10 - FOOTBALL

10.45 - FOOTBALL

There were seven Kent clubs in Ryman League action on Tuesday night. Here's our round-up from the Premier, North and South divisions.

10.30 - FOOTBALL

Charlie Lee Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gillingham's Charlie Lee got a great reception on his return to Peterborough last night.

He spoke to Luke Cawdell after the Gills' 2-0 defeat at London Road.

10.20 - FOOTBALL

Maidstone United's captain courageous, the morning after the night before...

10.00 - FOOTBALL

Tonbridge Angels saw two precious points slip through their fingers last night when they threw away a two-goal lead at Concord Rangers in Skrill South. That result leaves them two points from safety ahead of Thursday night's Kent derby against Dover.

Here's the match report.

09.45 - FOOTBALL

Ross Lafayette fails to connect with a first-half header. Picture: David Brown

It was a disappointing Tuesday night for Welling United, who lost 1-0 at home to Hereford United in Skrill Premier. But it was an even worse evening for the Wings' local rivals Dartford, who are now four points from safety as a result of Hereford's win.

Matthew Panting reports from Park View Road.

09.20 - CRICKET

Charlotte Edwards Picture: Ady Kerry

Kent and England captain Charlotte Edwards has been named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year. She's only the second woman to receive that particular accolade and she's joined on the 2014 list by Joe Root, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shikhar Dhawan.

Edwards has led England to back-to-back Ashes wins over Australia in the past 12 months.

09.00 - BREAKING

Dover's Tom Wynter gets in an effort against Chelmsford at Crabble

Defender Tom Wynter has signed a new two-year contract at Dover Athletic.

Read the story here.

08.50 - FOOTBALL

Marvin Sordell celebrates scoring for Charlton against Yeovil Picture: Keith Gillard

Huge win for Charlton in the Championship last night, 3-2 at home to Yeovil.

Here's what happened at The Valley.

08.30 - FOOTBALL

Maidstone United lift the Robert Dyas League Cup Picture: Martin Apps

Maidstone United won the Robert Dyas League Cup last night, beating AFC Sudbury 3-0 in the final.

Craig Tucker was at the Gallagher Stadium for us. Here's his match report and post-match interview with Stones manager Jay Saunders.

08.15 - FOOTBALL

Gillingham manager Peter Taylor Picture: Barry Goodwin

Peter Taylor's assessment of the Posh trip? Character without quality.

Here's the Gills boss talking to Luke Cawdell after the game.

08.10 - FOOTBALL

Gillingham remain five points above the League 1 relegation zone after they lost 2-0 at Peterborough last night.

Luke Cawdell reports from London Road.

08.00 - WELCOME

Good morning. You've reached the middle of the week, so give yourself a pat on the back.

Lots of sport coming your way in the next few hours, so stay right here with me.

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