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Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

LIVE World Darts Final: Scott Waites v Tony O"Shea at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship final: All the live news from Waites v O'Shea

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

LATEST SCORE
O'Shea 0 Waites 1 Have your say here

18.18: Waites with the darts in the third leg of the second set, and he's always too far ahead to be under any pressure. Waites goes 2-1 up.

18.16: O'Shea levels it up in the second set, with a double 10 finishing it off.

18.15: The Chelsea pensioners are in attendance. No personalities so far, from what I can see. You used to be able to rely on a few snooker players to make it, but with the Masters starting today, I'm not so sure any will be here.

18.14: Best leg of the match so far, with successive 180s in the middle of it. Waites misses a couple of doubles, but makes no mistake with double four and goes one leg up in the second set.

18.12: Scott Waites wins the opening set.

O'Shea is not at the races in this fourth leg of the match, leaving Waites with six darts to make 42. He doesn't make the first three count, but with his fourth he hits double 16 and puts the first set on the board. He really does look determined here, does Waites.

18.10: O'Shea misses a chance with bullseye, and Waites takes full advantage, with a treble 16 and double eight finish seeing him break the darts.

18.09: This is bringing back nice memories of my own days at the Lakeside. It's always a fun night out, I remember when it was seen as really raucous in Frimley Green, but with the antics of the crowd up at Ally Pally these days, it seems positively innocent in Surrey.

18.07: Waites hits the first 180 of the final in the second leg, and is on a finish in no time. He misses a few doubles, before eventually nailing double six and levelling the scores.

18.05: Waites has a chance to win the first leg with a 170, but falls well short, O'Shea misses a chance with double 16, Waites then can't hit double 20, before O'Shea holds his nerve to pick off a double eight and make sure he holds with the darts.

18.03: We're under way, so we are. Both these men are going for their first title. Who will be picking up the famous old trophy in a couple of hours

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

18.02: It's been some month for us darts fans, has it not All the thrills of the PDC event at Alexandra Palace, with a 16th world title for Phil Taylor. And after a week of BDO action, here comes the climax to it all. All eyes on the oche.

18.00: The atmosphere at the Lakeside is terrific, as the players make their entrance for this final. Plenty of fancy dress on display at what the commentators remind us is 'the spiritual home of darts'.

Welcome to our live coverage of the world darts final. Let's hope for a thriller between Scott Waites and Tony O'Shea.

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Darts: Scott Waites thrashes Richie George to reach world final

Ruthless Waites thrashes George to reach world final

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:46 GMT, 12 January 2013

Richie George saw his World Championship dream torn apart by Scott Waites on Saturday.

Waites completely dominated their semi-final clash at the Lakeside in Frimley Green, winning 6-1 to reach his first final

Richie is the son of the popular Bobby, a former world finalist and now BBC pundit.

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Pure delight: Scott Waites celebrates his victory over George

Third seed Waites won the first 12
legs of the match to open up a 4-0 lead, with George missing a host of
doubles. When Waites won the fifth set as well, a humiliating whitewash
looked on the cards for George.

The youngster held his nerve to pull
one set back however, before Waites duly completed his win in front of
another full house in Surrey.

'You have to bully your opponent and that's exactly what I did,' said Waites afterwards.

'I was happy with the way the game went. I hit doubles early on – that put pressure on Richie.'

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

Not this time: Richie George throws during his semi-final match

George said: 'I couldn't be happier. I had my chances and didn't take them, but Scott played brilliantly. It wasn't meant to be for me.'

Waites will now try to go one step further and win the famous old trophy in Sunday's final.

Mark Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

England old boy Ramprakash named Middlesex batting coach

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UPDATED:

18:58 GMT, 19 December 2012

Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex for the next two years.

Ramprakash, 43, retired from playing in July after losing his place in the Surrey team following a lean spell of form and takes up the coaching post with the county that gave him his break in cricket.

He played for Middlesex from 1987 to 2000 and had a period as captain, before moving across London to join Surrey.

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

All smiles: Ramprakash has been appointed batting coach at Middlesex

During his spell at The Oval he passed the career landmark of 100 first-class centuries, reaching 114 in total.

Ramprakash also recently agreed to take on a two-year consultancy with the England and Wales Cricket Board as a batting coach and has been in India with the England Lions.

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

End of the road: Ramprakash retired earlier this year

Middlesex are relishing his return to Lord's, with his former county and international team-mate Angus Fraser, now Middlesex's director of cricket, saying: 'I am thrilled to have Mark back at Middlesex CCC.

'It is my job to provide Middlesex's cricketers with the best possible coaching, support and advice available and in Mark Ramprakash they have that.'

Ramprakash takes over from Australian Mark O'Neill, who announced last month he was leaving Middlesex after a three-year stint.

Fraser said: 'Mark Ramprakash will offer our batsmen something different. His record speaks for itself and in the past 25 years there has not been a better batsman in county cricket.

'Mark moved from Middlesex to Surrey in 2000, but I never felt his heart left the club.' Ramprakash said: 'Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket and I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers.

'I am excited by the talent in the current crop of players and look forward to contributing to the club.'

Graeme Smith signs for Surrey

Surrey pull off major coup by signing South Africa skipper Smith to team up with old foe KP

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UPDATED:

11:14 GMT, 1 November 2012

Reunited: Smith (left) and Pietersen will line up together at Surrey

Reunited: Smith (left) and Pietersen (right) will line up together at Surrey

South Africa captain Graeme Smith is to take over as Surrey skipper next season after it was announced the batsman had signed a three-year deal at The Oval.

Smith – widely regarded as one of the best opening batsmen in world cricket for the last decade – will continue in his role with the Proteas alongside his county commitments.

The 31-year-old will captain England batsman and old foe Kevin Pietersen once he joins up with Chris Adams' side after the home Test series against Pakistan in March.

'I am excited to be joining such a professional and talented team, during what will hopefully prove to be a rewarding and successful period for Surrey CCC,' Smith told Surrey's official website.

'When you consider the ambition shown it was an easy decision for myself and my family and I would like to thank Surrey County Cricket Club and Cricket South Africa for giving me the opportunity to lead the side and make it possible.

'I am excited about what we can achieve at Surrey going forward and would like to state very clearly that I will balance my new role alongside my continuing commitments to the Proteas and I look forward to continuing to represent my country for many years to come.'

Coup: Smith is rated among the best openers in world cricket

Coup: Smith is rated among the best openers in world cricket

All-conquering: South Africa are currently ranked as the world's No 1 Test side

All-conquering: South Africa are currently ranked as the world's No 1 Test side

Smith captained the Proteas to victory over England last summer in a series that was marred by the Pietersen text controversy.

ECB chief executive David Collier was forced into apologising to Smith and his side after accusing South Africa of adding flames to the fire started by Pietersen's 'provocative' comments aimed at ex-England captain Andrew Strauss.

The victory saw South Africa take over the world No 1 mantle and resulted in the resignation of Strauss, who followed predecessors Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain in stepping down after losing to Smith's sides.

In 104 Tests since making his debut in 2003 Smith has scored 8,314 runs at an average of 49.78 including 25 centuries, placing him fourteenth on the all-time list of Test century makers.

Smith is likely to miss a chunk of next season when South Africa embark on a three-match tour of Sri Lanka in July and August.

Team Director Adams added: Signing Graeme Smith on a three year deal is a massive coup for Surrey CCC. As well as being one of the best captains in the modern game, he is a phenomenal opening batsman and will lead by example from the top of the innings.'

Smith follows Rory Hamilton-Brown as Surrey captain. The 24-year-old departed for Sussex at the end of a turbulent season during which the club were rocked by the tragic death of young batsman Tom Maynard.

Stuart Broad: Kevin Pietersen will be welcomed back by England team-mates

Pietersen return will be welcomed by England team-mates, says Broad

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UPDATED:

14:43 GMT, 10 October 2012

Stuart Broad insists Kevin Pietersen will be accepted by the England dressing room upon his return.

Pietersen could yet participate in the forthcoming tour to India after agreeing a four-month central contract last week, subject to a 'reintegration process'.

The 32-year-old was dropped by England after sending a series of provocative texts to opposition South African players during the Headingley Test.

Welcome back: Broad says KP's return would be well received by the England team

Welcome back: Broad says KP's return would be well received by the England team

The breakdown in his relationship with team-mates and his England and Wales Cricket Board employers plunged his international future into doubt.

Broad views the destructive Pietersen as too important a player to be rejected by a team intent on reclaiming their position as the world's number one Test side.

'The team have no issues with KP coming back if the management decide he's ready to,' Broad said.

'It's in their hands at the moment. There are some meetings going on behind closed doors and we're waiting to see the outcome of those. But from the team's perspective his integration will be easy.

'Ultimately we're playing cricket and we want guys who will score runs and take catches to help England win. Whatever's happened has happened.

'We pride ourselves on being a strong dressing room and I'm sure that if he came back for India or New Zealand, or whenever it is, that things will be fine within the team.'

Twenty20 vision: KP is back in action for Delhi days after England crashed out of the World Cup

Twenty20 vision: KP is back in action for Delhi days after England crashed out of the World Cup

Twenty20 vision: KP is back in action for Delhi days after England crashed out of the World Cup

Broad released a statement through the ECB in August denying any involvement in the parody Pietersen Twitter account, named KP Genius, that upset the Surrey batsman.

The 26-year-old continued: 'I've not spoken to Kev since the Headingley Test match, but I'd have no problems playing with him or having a beer with him. It's not an issue.

'Once the England management have decided when he's available to return, he'll be welcomed back into the changing room.

'We know he's a great cricketer, he's won a lot of trophies and has been a really good team-mate for England, certainly ever since I've been playing for them.

'We know that when KP's focused on playing for England and he's happy, he's a really dangerous player.'

Pietersen was absent from England's failed defence of their World Twenty20 title as part of the fallout from the discovery of the text messages he had sent.

Broad, the squad's captain, admits the controversial batsman was missed in Sri Lanka.

Back in the fold: KP will soon begin his reintegration

Back in the fold: KP will soon begin his reintegration

'It's hard to tell if the results would had been different had he been there,' the Nottinghamshire all-rounder said.

'Obviously he's a fantastic Twenty20 cricketer who did wonders for us when we won the World Cup in 2010.

'In June when I found out he'd retired from the white-ball format, as captain I was hugely disappointed because I thought he'd be an integral part of our World Cup defence.

'It would be hard for me to say we didn't miss someone of his experience at the top of the order so I was disappointed when he did pull out.

'But the situation went towards the management side of things and it turned out he couldn't be there.'

England depart for India in two weeks with a new captain at the helm following Alistair Cook's appointment as successor to the retired Andrew Strauss.

The vice-captaincy remains vacant, however, and Broad is interested in the post having fed his appetite for leadership at the World Twenty20.

'It hasn't been discussed. But any leadership role within the England side is a huge honour,' he said.
'It's an important role if you do get it. I enjoyed being captain at the World Twenty20.

'It was a different challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a learning curve for myself and the players.

'It's something I enjoy, although a captain is not something I've strived to be. But every time I've entered a cricket field, I've always thought like a captain.'

My World in Cricket by Stuart Broad is published on October 11th in hardback, priced 20.

Rory Hamilton-Brown signs for Sussex

Hamilton-Brown returns to Sussex after traumatic season at Surrey

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UPDATED:

09:24 GMT, 28 September 2012

Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown has returned to his former team Sussex after being released from his contract at The Oval.

Hamilton-Brown sought a move away from Surrey in the wake of his long-time friend and team-mate Tom Maynard's death in June, and was placed on compassionate leave.

The 25-year-old, who had signed a new deal until the end of 2014 earlier this year, returned to action after a month away but struggled with his form.

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Returning: Hamilton-Brown spent two years at Sussex from 2008 to 2010

Surrey team director Chris Adams announced at the start of September that Hamilton-Brown would be allowed to talk to other counties, and Sussex faced competition from Somerset for his signature.

Hamilton-Brown began his career at Surrey before joining Sussex ahead of the 2008 season. He returned to Surrey for the 2010 campaign, and was made captain at the age of 22 despite his limited first-class experience.

He helped Surrey win the Clydesdale Bank 40 in 2011 and to promotion to Division One of the County Championship.

Now Hove beckons again, with Sussex saying they are 'delighted' to have brought in the batsman on a three-year contract.

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Success: Hamilton-Brown lead Surrey to the CB40 title last year

Hamilton-Brown said: 'Losing my best friend Tom in June was indescribably painful. We were extremely close but ultimately I know I will emerge from this awful tragedy with renewed strength and purpose.

'I am delighted to be returning to Sussex, a club where I was previously very happy. I would like to thank Mark Robinson, his coaching staff, the players, management and board at Sussex for welcoming me back so warmly.

'There is nothing like feeling wanted to raise spirits and I fully intend to repay the confidence they have shown in me.'

Robinson, Sussex's cricket manager, said of Hamilton-Brown: 'He is a very talented cricketer who is yet to reach his full potential, which makes him such an exciting and dangerous player.'

Kevin Pietersen axed by England: No central contract for exiled batsman

Pietersen axed by England! No central contract for star exiled over Strauss texts

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UPDATED:

18:49 GMT, 7 September 2012

Kevin Pietersen's name is not among the list of players the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed had been given a central contract for the 2012-13 season.

The batsman is currently out of the picture following a dispute over the alleged content of text messages he sent to the members of the South Africa squad during the recent Test series, with his future still no clearer despite the retirement of captain Andrew Strauss.

The ECB, who have issued 10 full-time and four incremental contracts, did add a caveat by saying 'discussions are ongoing and remain private' with the 32-year-old but, as things stand, he will not be a contracted player in an Ashes year.

Plenty to think about: Kevin Pietersen on the field for Surrey against Nottinghamshire at the Oval on Friday

Plenty to think about: Kevin Pietersen on the field for Surrey against Nottinghamshire at the Oval on Friday

Kevin Pietersen must say sorry to Andrew Strauss in person – Nasser Hussain

Pietersen needs to say sorry to Strauss properly – and in person

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 21 August 2012

I've heard both sides of the story now – from Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss at Lord's, and now from Kevin Pietersen.

The buzzword has been trust. And if I had to trust anyone, it would be Flower and Strauss to do the right thing.

Telling it like it is: Nasser Hussain talks to Kevin Pietersen before Surrey's CB40 game at The Oval on Tuesday

Telling it like it is: Nasser Hussain talks to Kevin Pietersen before Surrey's CB40 game at The Oval on Tuesday

Telling it like it is: Nasser Hussain talks to Kevin Pietersen before Surrey's CB40 game at The Oval on Tuesday

Telling it like it is: Nasser Hussain talks to Kevin Pietersen before Surrey's CB40 game at The Oval on Tuesday

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Kevin is totally apologetic for what
he's done and rightly so. He's willing to admit he's got things horribly
wrong. He wants to make up for it.

But he also feels some of what has been reported has been blown out of proportion. As Sportsmail explained on Monday, Pietersen did not, for example, tell South Africa's bowlers in the texts to go round the wicket.

He does, though, admit he sent some stuff he shouldn't have and he knows the one person he feels he shouldn't have hurt is Strauss.

But he must also realise, as Flower said on Tuesday, that this is not just about texts. He needs to have a good long look at himself. The last thing he'll want to do is look back in a few years' time and realise he could have saved his career by going out of his way to say sorry – properly, and in person.

I just hope the three of them can sit down together – and that means no agents or so-called representatives – and thrash it out. Because to say England may never pick him again is a big thing. Never is a long time.

But it will still be up to Flower and Strauss to decide if they believe he can change his ways. As an England fan, I want to see him back in the team. But only if he genuinely wants to be part of it.

Big-hitter Mustard puts a dent in Surrey"s title dreams

Big-hitter Mustard puts a dent in Surrey's title dreams

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 11 August 2012

Astonishing hitting by Durham’s Phil Mustard put a big dent in Surrey’s chances of retaining their CB 40 League title when they lost by 142 runs at Chester-le-Street.

England's Phil Mustard

Big-hitter: Durham's Phil Mustard scored an impressive 143 runs off 89 balls

After being overtaken by Hampshire at the top of Group B the previous evening, Surrey’s hopes of a quick return to the summit were demolished by Mustard’s 143 off 89 balls.

Durham were on course to beat their record 40-over total of 325 until the former England batsman was out with the total on 271.

The remaining six overs brought only 27 runs for the loss of five wickets and Durham finished on 298-9.

If Surrey thought they had clawed their way back into the game they quickly shot themselves in the foot as both openers departed carelessly with the score on 10.

Jason Roy revived them with 43 off 24 balls, but the visitors were all out for 156 in 29.1 overs.