Fine Henry spell ends

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Matt Henry has flown home to New Zealand af­ter a su­perb spell with Kent that saw him take 65 wick­ets in all com­pe­ti­tions. The fast-bowler claimed 49 wick­ets in just six Spec­savers County Cham­pi­onship matches and 16 in the Royal Lon­don One­Day Cup. He took four five-wicket hauls in 12 in­nings, while also claim­ing 10 wick­ets for the match on two oc­ca­sions and earn­ing his county cap. Henry said: “I don’t think you ever ex­pect stuff like that. “It’s ob­vi­ously re­ally nice to hear those num­bers but at the end of the day the main thing is we’re play­ing win­ning cricket. “The guys have been lov­ing our cricket, en­joy­ing our time here, and it’s re­sulted in us mak­ing a fi­nal. So it’s great to have that per­sonal suc­cess at the start, it’s a good feel­ing.” Henry heads back to New Zealand for a train­ing camp and hopes to push his claims for a place in the Black Caps side. He said: “It’s all good and well do­ing lots of train­ing and bits and pieces, but to come over here and have the op­por­tu­nity to play cricket with red ball and white ball, it’s been re­ally ex­cit­ing. “The time we had pen­cilled in for our time off, for a break be­tween the four day stuff, was around not play­ing quar­ter-fi­nals and semis (in the one day com­pe­ti­tion). “It was fan­tas­tic to play those quar­ters and semis and get through to the fi­nal, but ob­vi­ously it made the sched­ule nice and tight.” Kent are still hope­ful of Henry re­turn­ing for the fi­nal County Cham­pi­onship matches of the sea­son once the T20 Blast has fin­ished.

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