Race over­shad­owed by rider’s death

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Cricket Golf -

Leon Camier fin­ished ninth in the only race in the lat­est round of the FIM World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onships in Moscow but the meet­ing was marred by the death of An­drea An­tonelli in a sup­port­ing event. The 25-year-old Ital­ian rider was killed fol­low­ing a crash on the open­ing lap of the World Su­pers­port race and the or­gan­is­ers can­celled the rest of the meet­ing as a mark of re­spect. Camier’s seven points keep him 10th in the over­all standings. He was one of only 11 fin­ish­ers – eight other rid­ers were forced to re­tire fol­low­ing sev­eral crashes as heavy rain af­fected the clos­ing stages. Over­all leader French­man Syl­vain Guin­toli was a ca­su­alty but he still man­aged to fin­ish sixth, de­spite suf­fer­ing a dis­lo­cated col­lar­bone. A spokesman for Camier’s FIXI Cres­cent Suzuki team said: “We wish to pay our re­spects to An­drea An­tonelli, who suc­cumbed to the in­juries he sus­tained at the start of race. “Our team and rid­ers send their deep­est sym­pa­thies to his fam­ily, friends and his GoEleven team.”

The world’s No.2-ranked Test bowler did, how­ever, go wick­et­less in two LV= County Cham­pi­onship, Di­vi­sion 2 games, toil­ing against Glouces­ter­shire and Hamp­shire and fin­ish­ing with fig­ures of 0/170 which took his first class aver­age above 20.00.

He said: “I’m here to take wick­ets and it was a bit frus­trat­ing.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the pitches have been slow and low. It’s been frus­trat­ing but it’s all part of the game.”

Phi­lan­der hailed the two young bats­men who made a match-win­ning con­tri­bu­tion on their Friends Life t20 de­but at Hamp­shire on Sun­day.

He said: “Two guys who stand out are Daniel Bell-Drum­mond and Fabian Cow­drey, al­though Sam North­east, with the way he goes about things, is one to watch out for. I’ll be keep­ing my eyes on those three.”

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