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.
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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