Jones ‘home­com­ing’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SPORT - by Mark Pennell

KENT’S Geraint Jones and James Tred­well are the two most se­nior crick­eters among the MCC’s 17-strong party tour­ing Pa­pua New Guinea and New Zealand over the next fort­night.

Jones, the de­posed Eng­land wick­et­keeper and Tred­well, a for­mer Eng­land A skip­per, form the back­bone of a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced side that also in­cludes Glam­or­gan’s wick­et­keeper bats­man Mark Wal­lace.

The trip rep­re­sents a ‘home­com­ing’ for Jones who was born in Kun­di­awa in Pa­pua New Guinea in 1976. His fa­ther Em­rys and late mother Carol served as sup­ply teach­ers there.

The squad will play three games on the is­lands be­fore mov­ing on to com­plete the tour in New Zealand.

The Kent pair re­turn to Eng­land on March 17, just in time to join Kent’s six-day pre-sea­son train­ing trip to La Manga in Spain, which de­parts on March 18.

MCC tour party: Mark Rollinson (man­ager), Luke Mar­shall (cap­tain), Ben Clay­pole, Danny Evans, Matthew Eyles, David Har­ri­son, Si­mon Hawk, Geraint Jones, Ron­nie Kotkamp, Mark Law­son, Scott McHardy, Michael Pow­ell, James Tred­well, Mark Wal­lace, Peter He­sel­tine (physio), Bar­rie Lead­beater (um­pire), Don Shelley (scorer).

KENT’S com­mit­tee can­di­dates face an­other fort­night’s wait be­fore the vot­ing closes for this year.

The six, four of whom are up for re­elec­tion, will even­tu­ally know their fate on Mon­day, March 19, when the out­come is an­nounced at the an­nual meet­ing at The Ramada Re­sort and Ho­tel in Holling­bourne, near Maid­stone.

For­mer Kent and Eng­land spin­ner and com­mit­tee man from 1990 through to 2006, Derek Un­der­wood, who ends his year in of­fice as club pres­i­dent this month, heads the list of nom­i­nees, which also in­cludes Can­ter­bury farmer Mark Baker White, who stands again af­ter his first, three-year gen­eral com­mit­tee term came to an end.

He has been a man­age­ment board mem­ber for two years and was a mem­ber of the ground re­de­vel­op­ment steer­ing group.

Man­age­ment con­sul­tant Jo Rice, a gen­eral com­mit­tee man since 2004, is up for re-elec­tion hav­ing also served two years on the man­age­ment board, while Paul Box-Grainger, the di­rec­tor of sports video com­pany and for­mer chair­man of the Kent Cricket League, boasts 12 years’ com­mit­tee ex­pe­ri­ence and stands again hav­ing lost his place fol­low­ing an ad­min­is­tra­tive over­sight last year.

Can­di­dates

The two new can­di­dates are sales di­rec­tor of SeaFrance Bill Laid­law and Gilling­ham-raised John Clark, a re­tired Metropoli­tan Po­lice in­spec­tor .

Mr Clark, a for­mer mem­ber of the Kent Mes­sen­ger’s county sup­port­ers’ fo­rum ‘Pavil­ion View’, now lives in New Rom­ney but boasts a record of hav­ing watched Kent’s cham­pi­onship games home and away for the past decade – an un­bro­ken run of al­most 170 four-day games.

Once the re­sults are an­nounced the top three can­di­dates will be handed three-year terms on the club’s com­mit­tee while two of the re­main­ing three will be elected for one year.

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