WALKER SIGNS FOR ES­SEX WHILE SKIP­PER IS HIT IN THE POCKET BY THE ECB

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

FOR­MER Kent bats­man Matthew Walker has put pen-topa­per on a two-year con­tract to take him to Es­sex. Walker, re­leased by Kent last month af­ter 16 years with the county, said: “I al­ways felt my fu­ture lay here (at Kent) and the way I wanted it to pan out was that I would fin­ish my ca­reer here, but that doesn’t al­ways hap­pen and I’m not the first to be re­leased at Kent and I cer­tainly won’t be the last. “This has been my sec­ond home and I’ve loved play­ing for Kent, but at this club peo­ple seem to start to think your time is run­ning out when you get to a ben­e­fit year and that maybe you’ve done your best work. “I still feel I have plenty to of­fer and af­ter all it’s my job, just be­cause I’ve been sacked doesn’t mean I should give up play­ing and work­ing.” � Kent skip­per Rob Key has been fined £1,250 by the ECB for his ‘Mup­pet Show’ crit­i­cism of the board’s pitch in­spec­tors. Key slammed the ECB pitch panel trio of Chris Woods, Phil Sharpe and David Hughes for tak­ing no action af­ter his side’s de­feat to Durham in­side two-and-a-half days at the River­side in Au­gust. He has now been rep­ri­manded and fined for a se­ri­ous breach of ECB di­rec­tives for a ‘deroga­tory com­ment prej­u­di­cial to both the ECB and its mem­bers’.

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