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Adam Riley
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Adam Riley

England
Adam Riley

Full Name

Adam Edward Nicholas Riley

Born

March 23, 1992, Sidcup, Kent

Age

29y 51d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

Education

Beths Grammar School, Bexley

TEAMS

The abrupt retirement of Graeme Swann during an Ashes whitewash in Australia in 2013-14 left England examining their spin bowling resources and realizing with trepidation that the cupboard was almost bare. They settled on Moeen Ali as a spin-bowling allrounder, but as they gazed around the counties for promising young talent many eyes settled on Kent's Adam Riley. Peter Such, England's spin bowling coach, was among those who held him in high regard and there was hint of Such, too, in the flight he sought from an upright action.

But he was an inexperienced spinner and reality soon dawned that he had some way to go before he had learned his trade. There was talk of remodelling his action and of bowling faster. He became the forgotten men among young England spinners - and there weren't many to forget. So when in 2018 he celebrated his first Championship wickets for three years in a Kent victory against Derbyshire in Derby (7 for 146 in the match) it was cause for relief.

James Tredwell's absences with England during 2013 had allowed Riley to advance his offspinning career in his third year in the Kent first team. The young Kentish Man took 7 for 50 against Hampshire and averaged a respectable 27 with the ball in Championship cricket. He was a regular in both the FL T20 and YB40 sides, claiming 16 wickets altogether in the short forms of the game.

The attention was all the greater in 2014. His return of 48 wickets at 32.58 was a solid enough return as he became a key part of Kent's increasingly youthful side and he went on a Lions tour to South Africa before his progress was halted by a muscle tear that refused to heal and modifications to his action.

His presence had been enough for Tredwell to accept a loan spell at Sussex in mid-season search of one-day cricket, although he returned to the Kent fold at the end of the season. Perhaps it was fortunate that he did because Riley's form faltered with only eight Championship wickets in as many matches and then dried completely. Riley's return late in 2018 coincided with Tredwell's retirement.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC6175284953410.53179327.6000581370
List A341357121*8.8710666.980031110
T202985185*6.002185.71001050
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC6191806147761287/1509/12337.313.5562.90850
List A343413261147324/404/4035.845.1941.40100
T202926532687234/224/2229.867.7423.10100

Recent Matches - Player

Photos


Adam Riley celebrates a wicket in his final first-class appearance
Adam Riley made the breakthrough
Adam Riley was the most successful MCC bowler with 3 for 90
Adam Riley took 57 first-class wickets in 2014, more than any other English spinner
Adam Riley removed Surrey's middle order
Ben Harmison and Adam Riley high five after combining for a wicket