Home sweet home for cen­tury-scor­ing Fell


Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON-BORN Tom Fell re­turned to the bor­ough of his birth to record a ca­reer best 143 as Worces­ter­shire were un­able to force a win over Mid­dle­sex at Uxbridge.

The 21-year-old was born at Hilling­don hos­pi­tal and moved away from the area at the age of two, even­tu­ally go­ing to Oakham School and Ox­ford Univer­sity be­fore drop­ping out to fo­cus on his cricket ca­reer with Worces­ter­shire.

And Fell, who had been de­scribed by Eng­land’s Moeen Ali as the best bats­man with the county, hit 22 fours and a six in his 228-ball knock as his county posted 385, but a placid pitch at Gat­ting Way en­abled the home side to easily es­cape with a draw.

He said: “It ranks up there with one of the bet­ter ones, given the cir­cum­stances and how tough it was.

“My dad and my brother popped down and my mum and my step-dad were down as well, but I don’t think they made it.

“I think they were quite proud. My mum has been at work so she had to miss it.

“It’s nice to come back to my roots and do it here as a lo­cal boy; although I didn’t live here too long.”

Fell has en­joyed work­ing with Eng­land bats­man Ali and Pak­istani spin­ner Saeed Aj­mal, be­liev­ing they have helped im­prove his game, while he watches other bats­men for other tips, such as Mid­dle­sex’s James Franklin, who scored a cen­tury and an un­beaten 90.

He added: “Moeen has been a mas­sive in­flu­ence on me. I started my ca­reer with him and have seen him go on.

“It’s in­spi­ra­tional for me to see him go­ing on and suc­ceed­ing at Test cricket.

“Saeed has helped with my ed­u­ca­tion against spin bowl­ing. Fac­ing some­one of that qual­ity is go­ing to make other bowlers seem eas­ier.”

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