Young spinner Adam Riley waiting in the wings

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Kent youngster Adam Riley is happy to bide his time for a first team place as he continues to learn from England ace James Tredwell

Riley made his debut in the first team last season and has since appeared fleetingly in the one day sides in the absence of Tredwell.

Tredwell’s success for England is doubly pleasing for Riley, as while he’s pleased that his team mate is representing his country, it also gives him a chance to sneak into the first team for a game or two.

“It’s a case of being patient and waiting for opportunities; with Treddy doing well and getting called up for England it opens the door for me,” he said.

“He knows I’m open to listening. He’s very good with the younger players and with me, he’s great to feed off.

“I wouldn’t be ready for the cricket he’s been playing, but when he goes to England it gives me a chance to step in for the twenty20s.”

The 20-year-old played for the first team in the t20 at the Kia Oval against Surrey, taking two wickets, and became a hot topic on the social networking site Twitter.

He said: “I played the Surrey game on Sky and I took a couple of wickets. Once the game was finished Keysey (captain Rob Key) had his phone out and said I was trending on Twitter.

“There were three things trending, bananas, DNA and Adam Riley, there must have been a few saddos online at that stage. I can’t imagine I’ll ever trend on Twitter again.”

He is one of a number of young players making their mark in the first team with Sam Northeast, Adam Ball, Adam Blake all staking a claim for a regular slot.

And while Riley feels the club was criticised for blooding them last year, it has worked out for the best.

“There was a lot last year with supporters saying ‘we’ve thrown the youngsters in’ and ‘was it worth it?’, but it’s good because we’ve been exposed and come back stronger,” he said.

“Last year we didn’t have the competition for places. This year we’ve got strength in depth.”

Kent get back to CB40 action on Monday when they play Sussex Sharks at Arundel and they resume their league campaign when bottom side Glamorgan visit Canterbury on Thursday.



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