Search for bowler goes on


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Mark Stokes

GE­ORGE KENNEDY says that Kent are ex­plor­ing ev­ery pos­si­ble av­enue in an at­tempt to re­cruit an over­seas player for next sum­mer.

The Kent chair­man ad­mits a bowler re­mains the county’s pri­or­ity, but find­ing one who can com­mit for more than a few weeks is prov­ing dif­fi­cult.

Mr Kennedy said: “We’re in the mar­ket and we are talk­ing to one or two play­ers, but next year there is so much in­ter­na­tional cricket. It’s all about find­ing the right guy who is avail­able for a rea­son­able pe­riod.

“In an ideal world we would break the sea­son into three parts and have a quickie at the start of the sea­son, maybe a bat­ter in the mid­dle and a spinner at the end.

“That would be Paul Farbrace’s (Kent head coach) choice but whether that can be achieved is some­thing else.”

Mr Kennedy said the club are al­ways looking to strengthen the squad, but he does not ex­pect too many be­fore next sum­mer.

He added: “For the first sea­son back in the first divi­sion (of the LV County Cham­pi­onship), we’ve got as strong a squad as we could have.

“Ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like Rob Key, Martin van Jaarsveld and Geraint Jones are all on new con­tracts and there are also young play­ers com­ing through.

“Sam North­east had a rea­son­able start to his first class ca­reer and he’ll be press­ing. Then there were sev­eral oth­ers who did well when they were blooded in the Pro40.”

Mr Kennedy re­vealed that the county are still de­cid­ing where to hold next sea­son’s home matches in the new Friends Prov­i­dent Twenty20 Cup.

The club will have eight home games rather than the usual five and Tun­bridge Wells and Beck­en­ham are both in the run­ning to stage matches along­side Can­ter­bury.


Mr Kennedy ex­plained: “The game we had at Tun­bridge Wells last year was hugely suc­cess­ful and I’d be very sur­prised if there were not more matches there next sea­son.

“For a start there are more matches which means there are to more to go round.”

Talks are also con­tin­u­ing about a pos­si­ble re­turn to The Mote. The club last played there in June 2005 when they were beaten in­side two days by Glouces­ter­shire – a re­sult which led to Kent be­ing docked points for pre­par­ing an un­fit pitch.

“The re­la­tion­ship with The Mote is good and they would love to have us back, but con­di­tions have to be right,” said Mr Kennedy.

“It was not us but the ECB pitch in­spec­tors who con­demned the pitch and I think the au­thor­i­ties would want to be pretty sure that ev­ery­thing was okay be­fore we went back. How­ever, from what I’ve heard it’s looking a lot bet­ter.”

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