County Championship round-up: Adam Riley seizes his opportunity with both hands

Bowler of the Day

Is Adam Riley the new Graeme Swann? The 22-year-old off-spinner from Sidcup has had to wait behind James Tredwell for the opportunity to establish himself as the front-line slow bowler in the Kent side.

However, with Tredwell given leave to work on technical issues after playing Twenty20 and one-day international cricket for England during the winter, the 6ft 2in Riley has seized his opportunity with both hands and Tredwell may find it difficult to regain his place.

Riley was the architect of Surrey's demise at Canterbury, taking 5 for 78 as Surrey – relegated from the First Division last season and winless in four matches in the second tier – were bowled out for 203, leaving Kent to score 54 to win.

Tall for an off-spinner, Riley maximises his height by bowling with a high, straight action, helping him to get bounce as well as turn. So far this season he has 23 wickets in four matches at exactly 20.00, including another five-wicket haul, for Loughborough MCCU against Sussex.

Batsman of the Day

Former Australian Test batsman Phil Jaques scored his 43rd first-class century and his first for Nottinghamshire as the First Division match against Somerset drifted to a draw at Taunton.

He has scored Championship hundreds for Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and Yorkshire in five spells in county cricket but is unlikely to stay at Trent Bridge when his current short-term contract expires next month.

Signed as cover when it was assumed – wrongly, in the event – that England batsman Alex Hales would win an Indian Premier League contract, he plans to return to Australia to pursue a coaching career.

Extras

Kevin Pietersen's form in the IPL shows no sign of improving. The former England batsman struggled against spinners Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan before he was run out for six on his latest appearance for Delhi Daredevils, who slipped to a third consecutive defeat, by eight wickets, to Kolkata Knight Riders.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible