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