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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic and Kent Cricket on Monday, April 15

By Steve Tervet

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16.00 - CLOSE

That's all for Sportsday but our cricket correspondent Alex Hoad will let you know what happens in the evening session at New Road. And you can follow me on Twitter for live updates from Ebbsfleet's crucial game at Concord in Skrill South tonight.

15.50 - CRICKET

Ben Cox goes past 50 for Worcestershire, who have recovered to 235-8 at tea. They now lead Kent by 230 runs, having been on the back foot at 113-5 when the lunch break was taken.

15.25 - FOOTBALL

15.20 - CRICKET

Joseph bowls Shaaiq Choudhry for 0 and Worcester are 188-8.

15.15 - FOOTBALL

Ashford United could return to the top of Southern Counties East tonight. They're at home to fifth-placed Erith Town and a win for the Nuts & Bolts would knock Whyteleafe off top spot - for 24 hours, at least. The title rivals clash on Easter Monday and that's going to be some game.

Elsewhere in the division tonight, third-placed Tunbridge Wells are at home to Holmesdale.

15.05 - CRICKET

Robbie Joseph gets in on the act at New Road, taking the wicket of Gareth Andrew - caught by James Tredwell - for eight. That leaves Worcestershire 186-7, leading Kent by 181 runs with only three wickets in hand.

14.40 - CRICKET

Doug Bollinger strikes again for Kent, bowling Whiteley for 34. The Aussie now has 4-32 at New Road and Worcestershire are 170-6.

14.30 - CRICKET

Time for an update from New Road, where Worcestershire have moved on to 162-5, having been 113-5 at lunch. Ross Whiteley (31) is leading their fightback. That means Worcester lead Kent by 157 runs in Division 2 of the LV= County Championship.

14.20 - FOOTBALL

Over 1,000 Gillingham fans travelled to Leyton Orient Picture: Barry Goodwin
Over 1,000 Gillingham fans travelled to Leyton Orient Picture: Barry Goodwin

Gills boss Peter Taylor had no complaints with the way the fans vented their anger last weekend at Leyton Orient - but he wants those same supporters to back the team positively against Tranmere at Priestfield on Friday.

Luke Cawdell has the full story here.

13.50 - FOOTBALL

Quite simply, Gills striker Bayo Akinfenwa is loving life.

13.20 - FOOTBALL

Apart from Folkestone's potentially decisive game against Hastings (see 10.40), it's a busy night for our clubs in Ryman League Division 1 South.

Herne Bay and Hythe Town lock horns in a Kent derby at Winch's Field, while Sittingbourne entertain Chipstead at Woodstock Park.

But perhaps the most important game is Whitstable Town's trip to face freefalling Crawley Down, who have lost 20 of their last 23 games, conceding a whopping 109 goals in the process. The Oystermen really need to capitalise on that wretched record because they're only three points above the relegation zone themselves.

13.05 - CRICKET

What a session it's been for Kent, who now have Worcestershire five down. Mitch Claydon bowls Alexei Kervezee for 21 and the home side are in a spot of bother at 113-5.

And that's lunch.

12.55 - CRICKET

Worcestershire are now 113-4 at New Road, after Bollinger caught Pardoe off his own bowling for 43. That's three wickets now for the Australian, who also picked up two in the first innings. Worcester lead by 108 runs.

12.40 - CRICKET


If you're just joining us, here's what you might have missed this morning...

- Long-term injury victim Matt Fish could return for Gillingham before the end of the season

- Promotion-chasing Ebbsfleet United face a must-win game at Concord tonight

- Folkestone Invicta will book their place in the play-offs with victory against Hastings

11.55 - CRICKET

Another wicket for Kent, James Tredwell striking this time. Kohler-Cadmore goes for 18, caught by Brendan Nash, and Worcestershire are 80-3 (75 ahead).

11.25 - CRICKET

Drama at New Road! Two wickets in two balls for Doug Bollinger, who has Daryl Mitchell caught behind for 27 and then traps Moeen Ali in front for a duck. Tom Kohler-Cadmore survives the hat-trick delivery but Kent will be buzzing now.

Worcestershire 54-2, leading by 49 runs.

11.25 - FOOTBALL

Matt Fish Picture: Barry Goodwin
Matt Fish Picture: Barry Goodwin

Good news for Gills fans, courtesy of our correspondent Luke Cawdell. Matt Fish, who suffered a serious knee injury on the very first day of the season, is back in action.

Here is Luke's story.

11.10 - FOOTBALL

11.00 - CRICKET

Play resumes at New Road, with Kent in the field on day three of their LV= County Championship Division 2 game against Worcestershire. Opening batsmen Daryl Mitchell (22) and Matthew Pardoe (18) helped the home side to 41-0 last night, giving them a lead of 36 over Kent, who will want early wickets here.

10.40 - FOOTBALL

Action from Folkestone's 2-1 win over Corinthian Casuals on Saturday Picture: Gary Browne
Action from Folkestone's 2-1 win over Corinthian Casuals on Saturday Picture: Gary Browne

Folkestone Invicta have looked nailed-on for the Ryman League Division 1 South play-offs for some time and a home win against Hastings United tonight will guarantee them a top-five spot.

Here's what manager Neil Cugley had to say ahead of the game.


There were some seriously impressive performances by Kent runners in the London Marathon on Sunday. Click here to see who did what.

09.55 - CRICKET

Here's what happened at New Road yesterday.

09.30 - FOOTBALL

Indeed, there could be a title party at Hartsdown Park this evening. Wealdstone will clinch the Ryman League Premier Division championship if they beat Margate and even a draw would effectively send them up, so superior is their goal-difference. Margate go into the game 15th.

09.20 - FOOTBALL

It's going to be a nervy night at The Valley, where relegation-threatened Charlton are up against the Championship's bottom side, Barnsley. The Addicks have got games in hand over the sides around them and this is the one they'll have banked on winning. But, as we all know, it's never that simple in football.

Charlton boss Jose Riga saw his side beaten 3-0 at Brighton on Saturday.

He said: "The problem is that we have played so many games. We have young players and they have done very well. I was afraid of this kind of game (at Brighton) but I would rather it happened here than against a direct opponent for relegation.

"As a manager you hope to avoid this kind of day and the players are able to do better. We know we are able to do better. Most of all it is about mentality, in addition to physicality. We are not relegated and we have to believe in ourselves."

09.00 - FOOTBALL

Steve Brown Picture: Andy Payton
Steve Brown Picture: Andy Payton

Another side feeling the pressure as a result of Havant's surge up the table is Ebbsfleet United. They've been sat in the play-offs since November but now their top-five place is under real threat. Lose at Concord Rangers tonight and they could drop to sixth, so it's no surprise to hear Steve Brown calling their trip to Canvey Island "massive."

Read our pre-match piece with the Fleet manager.

08.50 - FOOTBALL

From the Ryman League Premier Division...

08.40 - FOOTBALL

Dover dropped out of the Skrill South play-off places last night courtesy of Havant & Waterlooville's 2-0 win over Bishop's Stortford. Of course, Chris Kinnear's side can climb back into the top-five with a win themselves tonight. Trouble is, they're away to champions elect Eastleigh.

08.15 - CRICKET

It's day three of Kent's LV= County Championship Division 2 opener against Worcestershire at New Road. The home side will resume their second innings on 41-0, 36 runs ahead, after Kent were dismissed for 229 yesterday. Daniel Bell-Drummond (61) and Ben Harmison (55) were their stars with the bat, but can the bowlers make an early breakthrough this morning?

08.00 - WELCOME

Good morning and thanks for joining me. I'll bring you the sport stories which matter over the next few hours, so hit refresh every now and then to keep the good stuff coming.

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