‘Fell’s got a big Eng­land fu­ture’

All-rounder Ali praises Hilling­don-born bats­man

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Chris Bai­ley and Tom Moore tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Fell was al­ways des­tined for a fu­ture in pro­fes­sional cricket, break­ing ev­ery run-scor­ing record at Oakham School – where Eng­land’s Stu­art Broad was also ed­u­cated – be­fore sign­ing for Worces­ter­shire.

He has taken to the first team with con­sum­mate ease, scor­ing a cen­tury in Worces­ter­shire’s first game since pro­mo­tion back into the County Cham­pi­onship first di­vi­sion in April.

And ac­cord­ing to Worcs’ Ali, he can al­ready lay claim to be­ing the county’s premier bats­man.

“Tom Fell is prob­a­bly the best bats­man we have, he’s very nat­u­ral and solid,” said Ali, speak­ing as he launched Royal Lon­don’s sum­mer of cricket.

“He’s got the po­ten­tial to play for Eng­land, he’s a re­ally good player. Once he gets more self-con- fi­dence and has belief, he’ll score many, many runs for us.

“We’ve got a lot of play­ers with the po­ten­tial to go on in­ter­na­tion­ally, but what we’ve all had to do as a smaller club is make sure the per­for­mances have been very con­sis­tent over a long pe­riod of time.

“Hope­fully, that will be ex­actly what will hap­pen and if we do that it’s great for Worces­ter as a team, and we’ll have more Eng­land play­ers get­ting the hon­ours.”

Fell will be go­ing back to his roots as Worces­ter­shire face Mid­dle­sex at Uxbridge in the County Cham­pi­onship be­tween June 21 and 24.

Re­cent matches there have been high-scor­ing af­fairs and Mid­dle­sex have not won a four-day game there since 1991.

All-rounder Neil Dex­ter said: “It’s nor­mally a good bat­ting wicket. I did well there in my first game, scor­ing 146 and 118, but we lost by 10 wick­ets.

“We’ve got to find a way to play in the wicket as I can’t re­mem­ber win­ning a game there for a very long time. When you bat, if you don’t get above 300 you’re in a bit of trou­ble.”

Moeen Ali was speak­ing at the launch of the Royal Lon­don Gil­bert Cup, a new grass­roots U11 cricket tour­na­ment.

Mean­while, more than 200 chil­dren from 36 pri­mary schools in the bor­ough came to­gether to take part in a Kwik Cricket knock­out tour­na­ment at Hare­field and Uxbridge cricket clubs.

Both the boys and girls eight a side teams pro­duced thrilling fi­nals – be­tween Cran­ford Park Academy and Yead­ing Ju­nior School for the boys and Lady Bankes and Break­s­pear Ju­nior Schools for the girls.

Yead­ing emerged as the win­ners of the Clive Radley Per­pet­ual Cup and for the third year run­ning Break­s­pear Ju­nior won the Ro­tary Club of Uxbridge Chal­lenge Cup for girls. EAST­COTE Hockey Club fell short at the Eng­land Hockey Mixed Plate fi­nals at the Lee Val­ley Hockey Cen­tre at the Olympic Park.

The bat­tling East­cote play­ers suf­fered a gut­ting de­feat in the semis as Dere­ham grabbed a last-minute goal to knock them out of the run­ning for the top prize.

Kevin Hague scored twice in a nar­row 3-2 loss that also saw Irene Hall taken to hos­pi­tal with a bro­ken jaw. And they went down 5-3 to Formby in the third-place play-off match, de­spite Hague again bag­ging a brace.

Will An­der­ton ran the mid­field in both games for East­cote.

Mean­while, the Back to Hockey ini­tia­tive re­turns to west Lon­don this sum­mer with East­cote open­ing their doors to women across the area, all with the aim to do one thing – get­ting more women back play­ing hockey.

The pro­gramme, sup­ported by Berlei sports bras, is avail­able at East­cote Hockey Club, Kings Col­lege Road, Ruis­lip, Mid­dle­sex HA4 7JZ, ev­ery Mon­day at 7.15pm to – 8.30pm, run­ning ses­sions for women un­til July 20.

n IN­TER­NA­TIONAL: Moeen Ali has praised Tom Fell; (be­low) Yead­ing Ju­nior School, win­ners of the Clive Radley Per­pet­ual Cup Con­trib­uted

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