A trio of Kent youngsters will represent London & East at the fifth Super-4 Competition for the country’s outstanding Under-17s in Loughborough this week.
Chestfield seamer Taylor Chandler will join two academy scholars – Sandwich Town wicketkeeper-batsman Jordan Cox and Canterbury seamer Tom Davis (pictured above).
Under-17 bowler Chandler has taken 22 wickets this season including a five-wicket haul for his club.
Cox, 16, has played several matches for the second XI this summer and took six catches on his Second XI Championship debut at Polo Farm against Essex.
The right-hander has scored more than 600 runs in 16 matches this summer at an average of almost 41 with a high score of 151* for Kent U17s against Essex at Polo Farm.
Davis, formerly of Elham Valley, has taken 22 wickets in 2017 including a best of 4/16 for his club against Bromley in Shepherd Neame Division One.
The Super-4s teams (North, Midlands, South & West, London & East) will again play each other in 50-over matches over the first three days of competition, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
But instead of a Finals Day on the Saturday, the champions will be determined by the final placings in the league table – leaving Saturday clear for a separate T20 competition.
Former England batsman James Taylor will speak to the players when they gather in Loughborough on Monday and the cricket will be watched by a number of England’s lead coaches as well as Young Lions selectors and scouts, raising the stakes for the players involved.
The North have dominated the competition since it was introduced in 2013, winning their third title out of four last summer – when Yorkshire’s Harry Brook was named man of the tournament, and Durham’s Matt Potts was man of the match in the final.
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