Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport Starts Here -

Invicta Row­ing Club re­turned to the world fa­mous Hen­ley Royal Re­gatta. It had been sev­eral years since Maid­stone last raced at Hen­ley and cap­tain Dan Hawke, was thrilled to have ended that wait. He said: “It’s my first year as cap­tain here and I’m proud of the com­mit­ment from the crew. “It’s a good step for Maid­stone. Our se­nior squad has dwin­dled in the past cou­ple of years and it seems to slowly be grow­ing again, which is good to see.” The crew, coached by Peter Mclar­ney, in­cluded Kaan Bryn­ley Bel­ton (stroke), Ma­son Slider Shoe­bridge (two) and Jamie Water­house (three) with Hawke at bow. “The aim was to qual­ify,” Hawke said. “Some peo­ple come here to win but, re­al­is­ti­cally, we won’t win against some of these Dutch or US crews.”

suf­fered a crush­ing four-wicket Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship de­feat to Worces­ter­shire who chased down a vic­tory tar­get of 399 on the fi­nal day at New Road. Worces­ter went on to win the Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle from Not­ting­hamshire, with Kent – who had won four of their first five matches – well adrift, and CEO James Clif­ford later ad­mit­ted the de­feat was the piv­otal mo­ment of the club’s cham­pi­onship cam­paign. He said “It was a mas­sive mo­ment in our sea­son, for them to get that to­tal on a wear­ing pitch. I don’t think we bowled par­tic­u­larly well and Yasir (Shah) did not quite do what we hoped he would do. There was plenty of char­ac­ter there but that Worces­ter de­feat was a bit of

a ham­mer blow.”

Dack left Gilling­ham to join League 1 ri­vals Black­burn on a three-year deal. The Gills re­ceived an ini­tial £750k for the at­tack­ing-mid­fielder, plus add-ons. Gills chair­man Paul Scally said: “As much as we’re dis­ap­pointed to see Bradley go, we un­der­stood that he needed a fresh chal­lenge to fur­ther his ca­reer. “He’s been a fan­tas­tic ser­vant to Gilling­ham Foot­ball Club and we wish him ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture.”

Pak­istan spin­ner Yasir Shah in ac­tion for Kent

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