A DEEPLY emotional Michael Clarke broke down as he delivered a touching but agonising tribute to his friend and former teammate Phillip Hughes.

    CRICKET Australia has promised a review into player safety in light of the Hughes’ tragedy, with particular emphasis on helmet regulations.

    AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

    CRICKET Australia have handled the awful task that befell them after Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident with exemplary calm and dignity.

    HE is the patriarch of cricket in Australia. Now Richie Benaud has lent his evocative narration to Channel 9’s powerful tribute to Phillip Hughes.

    Kent notches up 8000 MCC runs

    Dec 19, 2011

    MCC captain-coach Andrew KentMCC captain-coach Andrew Kent passed a significant milestone in the club's cricket history on Saturday during his innings against Footscray-Edgewater.

    When he had scored three, he reached 8000 First XI runs for MCC in Premier Cricket competition, becoming just the third MCC player to reach the milestone.

    Kent is behind only Warren Ayres (11,154) and Warwick Armstrong (8197) on the MCC's all-time runscoring list. If his recent form continues, he should move into second spot before the end of the season.

    The 30 year-old Kent debuted for the MCC in 1999/2000, having come through the MCC's junior development program and representing Victoria at under 17 and 19 levels.

    He played in the First XI final in that debut season. However, the Demons went down to the Tigers at the Albert Ground, as they did again 2004/05 when we lost to the Saints at the Junction Oval.

    In 2009/10, however, Kent was a member of Melbourne's premiership-winning team.

    Kent has been a consistent run scorer, with 16 centuries and a top score of 173 against Northcote in the 2004/05 qualifying final.

    He topped the Premier Cricket First XI aggregates in 2008/09 and 2010/11 and has been selected in the Premier Team of the Season three times - so far.

     

    8000 RUNS IN PREMIER CRICKET

     Runs  Batsman
     15,277  Warren Ayres
     12,933  Gary Watts
     12,693  John Scholes
     12,677  Jack Ryder
     11,893  Peter McAlister
     9847  Darrem Dempsey
     9395  Warwick Armstrong
     9281  Brendan McArdle
     9146  Ray Harvey
     8881  David Harris
     8855  Clinton Peake
     8763  Simon Dart
     8452  Bill Ponsford
     8438  Wayne Phillips
     8404  Tom Warne
     8330  Bert Numa
     8317  Hec Oakley
     8213  Grant Gardiner
     8088  Peter Davies
     8046  Geoff Allardice
     8035  Andrew Kent
     8030  Rob Bartlett
     8018  Michael Hansen