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Watch the action and interviews as Kent triumphed over Durham

Kent won the U17 County Championship with victory over Durham at Arundel.

The match was reduced to 85 overs a side due to rain on the first day at the Sussex venue limiting play to only 70 overs on that day.

Kent made an impressive 383 for nine as Daniel Bell-Drummond hit a superb 103, Tom Elliot 73 and Caspian Paget 65, with Durham's Matthew Sampson-Barnes taking 3-88.

And then Adam Riley (4-40) and Fabian Cowdrey (3-38), son of Chris and grandson of Colin, made sure Kent would head home with the silverware as Durham were dismissed for 210 in 73.1 overs despite a valiant Ben Raine 83.

The indifferent weather forecast had led to Ryan Pringle the Durham captain deciding to field first despite Durham batting first in all their matches this season. With two interruptions for rain on the first day and a premature end to the day's play this appeared to be a good decision.

However the Kent innings in the last hour before the end of play on Wednesday and in their last 15 overs of their innings on the Thursday morning proved to be the decisive passages of play in the Final.

On being invited to bat Kent quickly lost a wicket but opener Bell-Drummond soon found a willing ally in Christopher Piesley (33). At 74 for two Cowdrey came to the crease and played some deft shots that were very productive.

When he became more expansive his shots either went straight to the fielders or were cut off by some excellent diving stops from the Durham fielders. Cowdrey lost patience and was out for 41 with the score on 140.

This quickly became 165 for five as two quick wickets fell. Bell-Drummond was batting with supreme confidence throughout and it was noticeable that he had lots of time in which to play his shots, a sign of true class. He was then joined by Elliot who supported him on his way to an accomplished century.

When Bell-Drummond was out Elliot took over and increased the scoring rate as the rain clouds loomed. Play was abandoned for the day after 70 overs with Kent on 280 for six.

On the second day Kent had 15 overs still available to them and duly set about the bowling to ensure that they posted a commanding total. Once Elliot was out Paget batting at 10 then proceeded to score at a tremendous pace with a flurry of boundaries including some enormous blows for four sixes. The last 15 overs saw 103 runs added to the score.

Durham's response to the big total was steady with opener Raine leading the way. His commanding innings was ended when he fell with the total on 135 for three. At this stage Durham were still in contention although they were scoring at a lower rate than required; but after this there was no significant contribution from any batsmen.

Three quick wickets before tea from Cowdrey (18-5-38-3) then turned the match well and truly towards Kent. After tea skipper Riley then quickly mopped up the tail as he also ended with impressive figures of 16.1-5-40-4.

Durham were finally dismissed for 210 and Kent won the match by 173 runs.

The trophy was presented to Adam Riley of Kent by John Barclay the Director of Cricket and Coaching at the Friends of Arundel Castle CC and President-elect of the MCC.


ECB U17 County Championship Final 2009, Kent v Durham - scorecard