Tuesday 19th April 2011

As part of the Kent Cricket Academy strategy to establish links with new organisations the Club is very pleased to announce a new partnership with the Bermuda Cricket Board.

As part of a new initiative called the Kent Cricket Academy Overseas Player Development Programme talented young left arm fast bowler Damali Bell will join the Club’s Academy for a six month period after being awarded a National Junior Athlete Sponsorship award by his country.

Kent Director of Cricket, Paul Farbrace, commented on the partnership:

“I am delighted that we have been able to tie up this link with the Bermudan Cricket Association, and I look forward to this partnership helping both parties. Demali is a promising cricketer and I’m sure he will find the summer period with our academy a great help to his career.”

Commenting on Damali Bell, Kent High Performance Director, Simon Willis said:

“We are very much looking forward to enrolling Damali onto our coaching programme and giving him the experience of playing in a variety of conditions on offer. He will be exposed to a good quality of cricket as well as an intense training schedule with us as well as the opportunity to learn how to cope as an individual away from home comforts.”

Bermuda Head Coach, David Moore, stated:

"I am extremely pleased that Damali has been awarded with this scholarship. He is a hard working individual who shows commitment and dedication in practice and during games. Damali demonstrates good behaviour both on and off the field and is a positive member of the national team. The Kent Cricket Academy has been very successful in enhancing the performance of players offering first class coaching from leading experts in the game and has had numerous graduates play for county teams and for England. I look forward to watching how he develops with this opportunity."

The Kent Cricket Academy Overseas Player Development Programme is available for up to three players per year between the ages of 18 and 22 years old. The main target for this coaching programme are up and coming players who think they has the right attitude and aptitude for the hard work and training involved in an academy programme. For any organisations interested in further information please contact: Simon Willis, High Performance Director, Kent County Cricket Club.