Billings in Tro­phy squad

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Sam Billings has been named in the lat­est Eng­land ODI squads but Kent skip­per Sam North­east has again been over­looked.

Billings has been called up for the Royal Lon­don ODI Se­ries against Ire­land start­ing next Fri­day (May 5) at Bris­tol and is in a 15man squad for the Royal Lon­don ODI se­ries against South Africa and the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy to be held in Eng­land and Wales in June. There had been calls for North­east’s in­clu­sion af­ter some fine per­for­mances for Kent last sum­mer and in the North v South Se­ries in Abu Dhabi last month.

His form con­tin­ued into this sea­son with an un­beaten 173 in last week’s drub­bing of Sus­sex the high­light but he’s missed out again.

Na­tional se­lec­tor James Whi­taker said: “We have made en­cour­ag­ing progress over the past 18 months in white ball cricket and the squads se­lected re­flect con­sis­tency and give op­tions across all dis­ci­plines.

“As we build up to the ICC Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy in June, matches against Ire­land and South Africa are im­por­tant in their own right as we aim to win both se­ries.”

The play­ers se­lected in the Ire­land squad will re­port to Bris­tol on Thurs­day, May 4. Eoin Mor­gan (Mid­dle­sex), Moeen Ali (Worces­ter­shire), Jonny Bairstow (York­shire), Jake Ball (Not­ting­hamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Ben Duck­ett (Northamp­ton­shire), Steven Finn (Mid­dle­sex), Alex Hales (Not­ting­hamshire), Liam Plun­kett (York­shire), Adil Rashid (York­shire), Joe Root (York­shire), Ja­son Roy (Sur­rey), David Wil­ley (York­shire), Mark Wood (Durham). Eoin Mor­gan (Mid­dle­sex), Moeen Ali (Worces­ter­shire), Jonny Bairstow (York­shire), Jake Ball (Not­ting­hamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos But­tler (Lan­cashire), Alex Hales (Not­ting­hamshire), Liam Plun­kett (York­shire), Adil Rashid (York­shire), Joe Root (York­shire), Ja­son Roy (Sur­rey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Wil­ley (York­shire), Chris Woakes (War­wick­shire), Mark Wood (Durham).

v Ire­land (Bris­tol).

Ball hit an un­beaten 116 as Kent 2nds eased to a 155-run win over the Chris Gayle Academy at Beck­en­ham on Tues­day.

Kent closed on 334-4 (Kai Ap­pleby 57) from their 50 overs and in re­ply the Academy made 179-5.

1-83, 2-83, 3-87, 4-88, 5-114, 6-162, 7-193, 8-203, 9-240, 10-259.

TP Milnes 17-2-75-1, WS Davis 20.5-5-75- 4, AP Pal­ladino 21-8-34-1, LM Reece 13-3-38-3, SJ Thakor 2- 0-14- 0, AL Hughes 7-4-40, BMAJ Mendis 4-1-11-1. LM Reece b Par­nell .............................0 BA Godle­man c Gid­man b Stevens ......0 SJ Thakor c Coles b Stevens .............44 WL Mad­sen c Gid­man b Par­nell ........56 D Smit lbw b Stevens........................11 GC Wil­son b Stevens ...........................0 AL Hughes c Rouse b Stevens...........12 BMAJ Mendis c Rouse b Har­ris .........15 TP Milnes b Stevens ...........................1 AP Pal­ladino c Bell-Drum­mond b Coles .. 5 WS Davis not out ................................8 Ex­tras (lb5, nb2) .................................7 DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Hughes b Davis .. 23 SR Dick­son lbw b Pal­ladino .................2 JL Denly c Godle­man b Davis ..............6 SA North­east c Smit b Milnes............11 WRS Gid­man c Wil­son b Pal­ladino.......3 DI Stevens lbw b Mendis...................90 WD Par­nell b Milnes............................8 MT Coles c Godle­man b Reece............7 AP Rouse not out ..............................95 JAR Har­ris c Reece b Davis ...............32 JC Tred­well c Godle­man b Mad­sen .....9 Ex­tras (b4, lb13, w1, nb4) .................22 LM Reece c Coles b Har­ris ................14 BA Godle­man c Tred­well b Stevens .....4 SJ Thakor c Denly b Par­nell ................6 WL Mad­sen lbw b Coles ....................32 D Smit b Har­ris .................................11 GC Wil­son lbw b Har­ris .....................97 AL Hughes c Rouse b Stevens...........12 BMAJ Mendis c Rouse b Stevens ......17 TP Milnes c Rouse b Har­ris ...............11 AP Pal­ladino not out ..........................14 WS Davis c North­east b Coles .............8 Ex­tras (lb8, pen5)..............................13

PW L D BP Ps Notts................ 3 3 0 0 20 68 Kent................. 3 3 0 0 16 64 Northants......... 3 2 1 0 15 47 Worces­ter ........ 2 2 0 0 11 43 Glouces­ter ....... 3 1 1 1 13 34 Glam­or­gan ....... 3 0 2 1 15 20 Der­byshire ....... 2 0 2 0 8 8 Sus­sex............. 2 0 2 0 8 8 Le­ices­ter­shire .. 3 0 2 1 15 4* Durham ........... 2 0 1 1 10 -33 * Le­ices­ter­shire de­ducted 16 points * Durham de­ducted 48 points

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Wayne Par­nell cel­e­brates tak­ing a wicket and, left, Adam Rouse plays a re­verse sweep on his way to 95 not out against Der­byshire in Kent’s sec­ond in­nings 1-2, 2- 4, 3-91, 4-113, 5-113, 6-123, 7-131, 8-133, 9-140, 10-159. WD Par­nell 15-5-46-2, DI Stevens 17- 4- 47- 6, JAR Har­ris 5.2- 038-1, MT Coles 6- 0-23-1.

1-19, 2-31, 3-38, 4- 49, 5-51, 6-80, 7-111, 8-201, 9-284, 10-308.

AP Pal­ladino 19-5- 68-2, WS Davis 17-3-48-3, TP Milnes 11-2-58-2, LM Reece 8-2-41-1, AL Hughes 4-1-24- 0, BMAJ Mendis 8- 038-1, SJ Thakor 1- 0-5- 0, WL Mad­sen 4.4-1-9-1.

1-8, 2-21, 3- 62, 4-76, 5-78, 6-158, 7-188, 8-209, 9-224, 10-239.

WD Par­nell 9-3-26-1, DI Stevens 20-4- 63-3, MT Coles 16.24-57-2, JAR Har­ris 13-3-56-4, WRS Gid­man 3- 0-24- 0.

Pic­ture: Chris Davey

Kent’s Sam Billings

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