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Breaking sports news from Gillingham, Charlton Athletic and Kent Cricket on Wednesday, April 23

By Steve Tervet

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Kent have drawn their LV= County Championship Division 2 game against Leicestershire, a 53-run partnership between Daniel Bell-Drummond and Darren Stevens steadying the ship after the home side had collapsed to 36-4. They finished on 89-4 at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Report and reaction to follow on kentonline.co.uk.

17.15 - CRICKET

16.45 - FOOTBALL

Johan ter Horst on the run for Folkestone Picture: Gary Browne

Folkestone Invicta didn't play yesterday but still Johan ter Horst managed to score. The teenage striker, who's off to Hull City in the summer, made his first appearance for the Tigers' under-21 side and scored in a 1-1 draw against Sunderland.

He'll be back in the Invicta squad for Friday's trip to Guernsey, before lining up for Neil Cugley's side in the play-offs. What a story it would be it ter Horst helped Folkestone to promotion in his very last game for the club.

16.40 - CRICKET

And another! Ben Harmison lasted only three balls. Kent 36-4. Surely not...

16.35 - CRICKET

Wicket! Brendan Nash departs for six and Kent are wobbling at 36-3. There are 22 overs left in the day.

16.30 - FOOTBALL

Dover Athletic's Skrill South play-off hopes are now looking pretty remote and they'll be keeping a very keen on on Havant & Waterlooville's game against Maidenhead tonight. Havant will be out of Dover's reach if they win, meaning the Whites would need to pip Ebbsfleet to fifth place. But with the Fleet also having a game in hand, at Concord tomorrow, Dover will know they're very much outsiders at this stage.

Stranger things have happened, though.

16.15 - CRICKET


Ian Hutchinson (8) in action at Brands Hatch Picture: Impact Images

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15.45 - CRICKET

Rob Key is out for seven and Kent are 19-2 at tea, still trailing Leicestershire by 304 runs.

15.40 - FOOTBALL

Midfielder Dan Stubbs pictured during his first spell at Hythe in 2013/14 Picture: Paul Amos

Hythe Town are finishing 2013/14 as the form team in Ryman League Division 1 South and manager Scott Porter has targeted two new signings to make his side play-off contenders next season.

15.10 - CRICKET

That is the very definition of a nightmare start. Sam Northeast departs for a golden duck, caught and bowled by former Kent man Charlie Shreck. Daniel Bell-Drummond comes in and hits his first ball for four, so the home side are now 4-1.

15.05 - CRICKET

Leicestershire have declared on 259-5 at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, setting Kent an improbable 324 to win. Greg Smith top-scored with 118.


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14.45 - CRICKET

Wicket! Another for Riley as Smith finally departs for 118, caught by Doug Bollinger.

Leicestershire 238-5.

14.40 - CRICKET

Wicket! Angus Robson caught by Rob Key off the bowling of Adam Riley for 81. Greg Smith still there on 112 and Leicestershire now 230-4, leading Kent by 294 runs.

14.20 - CRICKET

The runs keep flowing at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, but unfortunately for Kent fans it's Leicestershire who are making hay. The visitors are now 201-3 (Robson 73, Smith 92) and a whopping 265 runs ahead.

14.15 - BREAKING

Ebbsfleet United vice-chairman Peter Varney. Picture: Chris Price

Ebbsfleet United will go back to play Concord Rangers tomorrow night after they lost their FA appeal today. The game was abandoned because of floodlight failure last Tuesday, with the Fleet 2-0 up, and they were unhappy about having to start from scratch in the rematch.

But play in the Skrill South game will start from minute one and 0-0 as expected.


It's lunch in the cricket at Canterbury, so we're going to take a breather too. Leicestershire have moved the score on to 157-3, which means they've added 118 runs for the loss of just one wicket today. Greg Smith is 73 not out and Angus Robson moved to 50 on the stroke of lunch. The visitors now have a lead of 221.

12.55 - FOOTBALL

Margate have agreed a two-year deal for a training ground in Kidbrooke, south-east London. Terry Brown's players will have use of an all-weather pitch and a gym as they go for the Ryman League Premier Division title next season.

Blues chairman Bob Laslett said: "This is the best venue for Terry and his staff to be able to train the players with the best facilities. It will be an exciting season and we want to give Terry and his squad the best tools to be able to do the job, and by agreeing to train at this complex for the next two years it certainly goes a long way to doing that."

12.40 - FOOTBALL

Sheppey and Sheerness United manager Kevin Hake faces a pivotal game against APM on Saturday Picture: Darren Small

The only two haart of Kent County League sides to have applied for promotion to the Kent Invicta League go head-to-head this weekend. Sheppey & Sheerness United travel to APM Contrast with a 12-point lead over their rivals although they've played two games more.

Sheppey boss Kevin Hake spoke to Luke Cawdell ahead of a significant day for his team.

12.05 - SNOOKER

Barry Hawkins has beaten David Gilbert 10-4 to reach the second round of the World Snooker Championship. The Ditton chalker was 4-2 down yesterday but he won eight frames in a row - to mark his 35th birthday in style. Well played, Hawko.

12.00 - CRICKET

Wicket! Mitch Claydon has Ned Eckersley caught by Darren Stevens for 23.

Leicestershire 78-3 (lead 142).

11.45 - CRICKET

Leicestershire are going along quite nicely at Canterbury, having moved to from 39-2 to 71-2 inside the first hour on the final day of their LV= County Championship game against Kent. That means they now lead by 135 runs. Greg Smith has 40.

11.15 - VIDEO

Dartford's relegation from Skrill Premier was captured on camera - and here are the 'highlights' from their 3-2 home defeat to Tamworth on Easter Monday.

10.40 - FOOTBALL

Neil Cugley Picture: Paul Amos

Manager Neil Cugley has urged the people of Folkestone to turn out in force on Tuesday night to roar Invicta to the Ryman League Division 1 South play-off final.

Here's the interview with with Cugs ahead a probable semi-final against Guernsey.

09.55 - SNOOKER

Barry Hawkins' hunt for another World Snooker Championship final started on track after he recovered to take a 5-4 lead going into the second session against qualifier David Gilbert in Sheffield.

Here's what the Ditton potter did on day one.

09.30 - CRICKET

Let's bring you bang up to date with the state of play in Kent's LV= County Championship Division 2 game against Leicestershire at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence. The visitors will start the final day on 39-2, 103 runs ahead, after Kent declared on 269-7 yesterday afternoon.

Here are Tuesday's best bits.

09.00 - WELCOME

Sportsday enjoyed an extra long Easter weekend but now it's back, better than ever. Stay with us throughout the day and we'll bring you Kent's big sport stories as they happen.

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