|Full name||Daniel James Bell-Drummond|
4 August 1993 |
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Domestic team information|
|2011–||Kent (squad no. 23)|
|FC debut||18 May 2011 Kent v Loughborough MCCU|
|LA debut||31 July 2011 Kent v Worcestershire|
Source: CricInfo, 22 May 2017
Daniel James Bell-Drummond (born 4 August 1993) is an English professional cricketer, who plays for Kent County Cricket Club as an opening batsman. He has represented England at youth level and has played for the England Lions cricket team at senior level.
Bell-Drummond was born in Lewisham in south-east London in 1993. His parents are of Jamaican descent and he has described how watching both West Indian and English cricket home was a major infuence on his development. He was spotted by Kent County Cricket Club playing for Catford Wanderers as a seven-year-old and progressed through the county system, scoring his first century for the under-10 side aged just seven. He played for Kent age group teams, scoring centuries at every level, before joining the Cricket Academy at Kent where he was awarded the John Aitken Gary Trophy as the Academy Scholar of the Year in 2010. He signed a three-year professional contract with Kent in September 2010 at age 17.
Bell-Drummond won a scholarship to Millfield School and played cricket for the school team as well as for England at under–15, under–17 and under–19 levels, captaining the under–17 side against Sri Lanka in 2010. He completed his sixth form studies at the school in 2012 after signing his professional contract with Kent and was named the Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year in the 2012 edition of Wisden after scoring over 800 runs for Millfield in 2011.
England youth cricket
Having represented England and under-15 and under-17 levels, Bell-Drummond played for the England under-19 cricket team against Sri Lanka in 2010. He made his youth Test debut on 21 July 2010 at the County Ground, Northampton before scoring unbeaten 88 in the second youth Test later in the same month, aged only 16. He played in both under-19 Test matches and in four youth one-day international matches during England's return tour of Sri Lanka in January and February 2011.
In July 2011 Bell-Drummond played in a one-day series against South Africa under-19s. He top-scored for England in three of the seven matches in the series and was the leading run scorer for the team in the series, scoring 329 runs in seven innings at an average of 47.00.
After touring Bangladesh with the England under-19 side during January and February 2012 and again leading the team in run scoring, playing in all seven youth ODIs, Bell-Drummond played in a four-way 50-over competition against the Australia, India and New Zealand under-19s in North Queensland in April 2012. He was the leading run-scorer in the competition with 287 runs at an average of 95.66, including a match-winning 103 not out against Australia in an innings when the next highest score for the England team was 28. Later the same month he was described as "perhaps the most exciting young batsman in the country" and was named in the England team for the 2012 Under-19 World Cup, held in Queensland in August 2012. By his standards he had a disappointing tournament after being tipped as "one of the batsmen to watch".
Senior cricket career
Bell-Drummond made his first-class cricket debut for Kent at the age of 17 in a University match against Loughborough MCCU in May 2011, scoring 80 runs from 103 balls. In July the same year he made his senior List A cricket debut in a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Worcestershire before going on to play in three County Championship matches for Kent towards the end of the 2011 season. He spent most of the 2012 season playing for Kent's Second XI, making only two first-class appearances during the season, including against the touring South Africans at Canterbury
He made his maiden first class century in April 2013 against a Cardiff University side and used the innings to become a regular in the Kent side during the 2013 season. After cementing his place in the Kent side in all forms of cricket and scoring a century against the touring Australian side in June 2015, Bell-Drummond was awarded his county cap in August 2015. In August 2015 he deputised as an emergency wicket-keeper in Kent's County Championship match at Derby when Sam Billings suffered a finger injury, keeping wicket until Ryan Davies arrived from Second XI duty to act as a substitute. He deputised again in May 2017 when Adam Rouse injured a thumb, taking one catch behind the stumps.
In December 2015 Bell-Drummond made his first appearance for England Lions against the United Arab Emirates in a T20 match in Dubai. He scored 5 runs from 5 deliveries opening the batting. Later the same month he played in the final game of the five match T20 series against Pakistan A scoring 17 runs.
Bell-Drummond made an excellent start to the 2016 domestic season, hitting his maiden first-class double-hundred against Loughborough MCCU followed by a century in his first innings of the County Championship season against Leicestershire. He and Tom Latham then combined for two first-wicket century partnerships in Kent's opening home match of the Championship against Glamorgan, only the third time this had been achieved in the same Championship match in the County's history. Bell-Drummond was selected for England Lions again during the 2016 summer, playing limited overs matches against both Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A. He scored his highest List A cricket score of 171 not out against Sri Lanka A at Canterbury during the series of matches as he combined with Ben Duckett to post the second highest List A partnership on record.
During the 2016–17 English off-season Bell-Drummond was again selected for the Lions, playing against the UAE in Dubai during December and in the List A matches against Sri Lanka A in March, scoring a century in the 4th match of the series. He was also chosen to play in the North v South pre-season series in the United Arab Emirates.
Career Best Performances
as of 26 July 2016
|First-class cricket||206 not out||Kent v Loughborough MCC University||Canterbury||2016|
|List A cricket||171 not out||England Lions v Sri Lanka A||Canterbury||2016|
|Twenty20 cricket||112 not out||Kent Spitfires v Surrey||Tunbridge Wells||2016|
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- Moonda F (2012) Bell-Drummond happy to take slow road, CricInfo, 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Kent’s Bell-Drummond collects academy gong, Bexley Times, 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- England Under-19 batsman Bell-Drummond signs for Kent, CricInfo, 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Rising England cricket starlet signs three-year deal with Kent, Bexley Times, 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Kent contract for Daniel Bell-Drummond, BBC Sport, 2010-09-30. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- Holden R (2015) A crying shame, The Nightwatchman vol.8, 2015-03-17. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Bell-Drummond to skipper England U17 side, Bexley Times, 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Three Lions honour for Millfield students, SomersetLive, 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Davies G A (2011) Millfield School's Daniel Bell-Drummond impresses on his debut for Kent, Daily Telegraph, 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
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- Three new faces in England U-19 squad, CricInfo, 2010-07-05. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Javid and Bell-Drummond ensure series-levelling victory, CricInfo, 2010-07-30. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
- Under-19 Test matches played by Daniel Bell-Drummond], CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Under-19 ODI matches played by Daniel Bell-Drummond, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- South Africa win despite Bell-Drummond 86, CricInfo, 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- England level series with four-wicket win, CricInfo, 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- de Kock steers South Africa to series win, CricInfo, 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Records / South Africa Under-19s in England Youth ODI Series, 2011 / Most runs, CricInfo. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- Adam Ball to lead England U-19s in Bangladesh, CricInfo, 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Al-Amin stars in comprehensive Bangladesh win, CricInfo, 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Records / England Under-19s tour of Bangladesh, Jan-Feb 2012, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- England name U-19 squad for Australia, CricInfo, 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Records / Quadrangular Under-19 Series (Australia), 2012 / Most runs, CricInfo. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
- Bell-Drummond leads England U-19 home, CricInfo, 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Winter A (2012) Adams content with Kent progress, CricInfo, 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Ball to captain England at U-19 World Cup, CricInfo, 2012-07-06. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Binoy G (2012) England plot a way past South Africa's batsmen, CricInfo, 2012-08-18. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- First-class matches played by Daniel Bell-Drummond, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
- Kent teenager hits maiden first-class century, BBC Sport, 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
- Wilson J (2016) Bell-Drummond stays grounded as he pursues the dream, CricInfo, 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-04-27.
- Barrett C (2015) Ashes 2015: Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond in disbelief after ton against Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-12-03.
- Century against Australia delights Kent's Daniel Bell-Drummond, BBC Sport, 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
- Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings awarded county caps, Kent County Cricket Club, 2015-08-05. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
- Hunn hits back after Godleman hundred, CricInfo, 2015-08-21. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
- South African duo give Leicestershire the edge, CricInfo, 2017-05-21. Retrieved 2017-05-22.
- Malan heroics seal the series after tie, ESPN cricinfo, 2015-12-16. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
- Bell-Drummond handles Foxes after Dickson handles ball, CricInfo, 2016-04-24. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
- Webb N (2016) County Championship: Kent beat Glamorgan by 10 wickets, BBC Wales sport website, 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
- Bell-Drummond and Latham continue prolific start, CricInfo, 2016-05-04. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
- Duckett double-ton as Lions smash records, CricInfo, 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
- Duckett's 'crazy week' showcases depth of batting power, CricInfo, 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
- Hopps D (2017) Bell-Drummond, Alsop give Carberry a reason to smile, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
- North v South: England bowlers Mark Wood and Steven Finn receive call-ups, BBC Sport, 2016-12-17. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
|Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year