Duo cho­sen for team of the year

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

KENT bats­man Martin van Jaarsveld has been named the Pro­fes­sional Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion (PCA) Player of the Year. The South African was also named MVP of the Friends Prov­i­dent Tro­phy and a mem­ber of the PCA’s team of the year, along with fel­low Kent bats­man Joe Denly. While van Jaarsveld, 34, could not pre­vent Kent be­ing rel­e­gated to Divi­sion 2 of the LV County Cham­pi­onship he ac­counted for more than 1,000 Cham­pi­onship runs, while his form helped the county side reach both one­day fi­nals this year. Van Jaarsveld struck four cen­turies in the cham­pi­onship, but it was in the fast-paced Friends Prov­i­dent Tro­phy where he re­ally dom­i­nated, hit­ting four more cen­turies and scor­ing a to­tal of 660 runs from nine in­nings as Kent pro­gressed to the fi­nal, where they lost to Es­sex. The South African in­ter­na­tional also helped Kent take their de­fence of the Twenty20 ti­tle back to fi­nal, al­though they were nar­rowly de­feated on that oc­ca­sion by Mid­dle­sex. A for­mer Suf­folk and Northants player, van Jaarsveld joined Kent in 2005 and has topped the 1,000run mark in three of his four sea­sons with the club.

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