|Full name||Adam James Ball|
1 March 1993 |
|Domestic team information|
|2010–2017||Kent (squad no. 24)|
|FC debut||26 April 2011 Kent v Gloucestershire|
|Last FC||6 August 2017 Kent v West Indians|
|LA debut||4 September 2010 Kent v Durham|
|Last LA||27 May 2017 Kent v Essex|
Source: CricInfo, 2 October 2017
Adam James Ball (born 1 March 1993) is an English cricketer who plays for Suffolk County Cricket Club. Ball is a batting allrounder who played top level cricket for Kent County Cricket Club from 2010 until 2017 and was captain of the England Under-19 cricket team.
Early life and education
Ball was born in Greenwich in south-east London. He was educated at Beths Grammar School in Bexley and at the University of Kent where he studied Sports Science. He was a member of the Kent Cricket Academy and won a sponsorship to study at the university whilst a member of the county squad. As a child, Ball was a "promising footballer" who played for Aresenal in under-9 to under-12 age group teams.
Ball grew up playing for Bexley Cricket Club in the Kent Cricket League. He was called in to the England under-19 squad in December 2009 as a 16 year old and made his debut in January 2010 against Afghanistan Under-19s in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup. He signed his first professional contract with Kent in February of the same year, still only 16.
Ball played for England under-19s until 2012, captaining the side in the 2012 Under-19 World Cup in Australia. After an immediate impact in Kent's limited overs sides he later found opportunities to play for Kent "limited". He was released by Kent at the end of the 2017 season, joining Suffolk County Cricket Club in March 2018.
- Mens squad, Kent County Cricket Club Annual 2017, p.24. Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.
- Kent Sport cricket masterclass, University of Kent, 2015-04-15. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
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- Adam Ball, CricInfo. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
- Adam Ball earns England call-up for U-19 World Cup, CricInfo, 2009-12-22. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
- Adam Ball signs for Kent, CricInfo, 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
- Turbervill H (2011) First day-night County championship game between Kent and Glamorgan fails to wow crowds, The Daily Telegraph, 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Adam Ball, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Kent's Adam Ball honoured to captain England Under-19s, BBC Sport, 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Kent captain Rob Key praises Adam Ball's one-day impact, BBC Sport, 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2018-03-10.
- Hoad A (2017) Kent all-rounder Adam Ball and seamer Hugh Bernard set for move away from club, Kent Online, 2017-08-29. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
- Garnham N (2018) Ex-England youth captain joins Suffolk, Bury Free Press, 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-08.