Kent keep Ball and Bell-Drummond
England Under-19 internationals Adam Ball and Daniel Bell-Drummond, 18-year-old graduates of Kent’s academy, have extended their contracts with the county.
Left-arm seamer Ball, England U19 captain, was a regular for Kent in all three competitions this year, taking 36 wickets in 30 competitive games.
Having signed his first professional contract with Kent aged 16, and made his first-team debut towards the end of the 2010 campaign, he has penned a three-year deal.
Ball said: “I’m extremely pleased to have extended my contract with the club. I have learnt a great deal this season.
"I feel extremely well supported by the club and I am pleased to have the opportunity to study for my degree at the University of Kent whilst remaining fully committed to the club for the next three years.”
Bell-Drummond, a right-handed opening batsman who played in three LV= County Championship and five Clydesdale Bank 40 matches this year, has committed for two years.
Simon Willis, Kent high performance director, said: “These two lads have developed through the Kent Cricket system – they have worked extremely hard and are an excellent example of what can be achieved through hard work and determination.
“I’m extremely pleased that they have extended their contracts, and have the opportunity to develop and realise their potential as part of the Kent Cricket squad.”