Blake pens new deal


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Kent bats­man Alex Blake has signed a new two-year deal with the county. The 28-year-old academy grad­u­ate made his de­but in a one-day match against Sur­rey at Can­ter­bury in 2007 and last year re­ceived his county cap. He said: “I’m de­lighted to ex­tend my con­tract at Kent. “As a lo­cal lad, I love rep­re­sent­ing my home county hav­ing been part of the set-up here since I was nine. “I feel I’ve got a lot to of­fer the team across all three for­mats of the game – next sum­mer can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to be a part of a team try­ing to push for do­mes­tic hon­ours. “I look for­ward to join­ing back up with the squad to start our prepa­ra­tion for next sea­son.” For the first time in its his­tory, Tu­dor Park Mar­riott Ho­tel & Coun­try Club in Bearsted have a ju­nior golf team ready to com­pete in matches at the start of next sea­son. Fri­day was the first time the club had held a ju­nior awards event and the evening was a cel­e­bra­tion of young golf­ing tal­ent. The ju­nior club cham­pi­onship tro­phy was won by 14-year-old Bai­ley Korkis, a pupil at The Har­vey Gram­mar School in Folke­stone and a spe­cial tro­phy was pre­sented to El­lena Slater, a pupil at Maid­stone Gram­mar School for Girls, who won the adult ladies’ club cham­pi­onship at the age of just 13. The for­ma­tion of a ju­nior team has been pos­si­ble due to the huge leap for­ward in the num­ber of young play­ers com­ing to Tu­dor Park, which has seen ju­nior mem­ber­ship in­crease by 20% in the last year. “We have made ju­nior golf a key fo­cus over the past 18 months,

Pic­tures: Gary Browne FM4980260, right, FM4980274, above right. Buy these pic­tures from ken­ton­

Right, the race gets un­der way at Maid­stone where Michael Ma­jor set the pace. Above right, a record turnout make strides

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