Send your sto­ries and pic­tures to ex­presss­port@thek­m­ No Kent re­turn for all-rounder Kemp

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

JUSTIN KEMP won’t be re­turn­ing to Kent County Cricket Club next sea­son.

Coach Paul Farbrace re­vealed this week that he had spo­ken to the 32-year-old South African all-rounder about com­ing back to St Lawrence as an over­seas player but the county have de­cided not to re-sign him for what would have been his fifth sea­son with the county.

Farbrace said: “Justin doesn’t qual­ify as a Kol­pak player any more be­cause he hasn’t held a work per­mit for four con­sec­u­tive years.

“I was talk­ing to him about com­ing back (as an over­seas player) but we have now de­cided not to pur­sue it.”

Kemp was con­fi­dent he would be back at the end of last sea­son, fol­low­ing Kent’s pro­mo­tion back to Divi­sion 1.

He said at the time: “It’s pretty much sorted – I’ll prob­a­bly be back and feel I have got a good four or five years left of play­ing good cricket.

“I’m also keen on get­ting back into the first divi­sion.”

Kemp strug­gled with a back in­jury in 2008 but re­turned to form this sum­mer hit­ting 780 first class runs, in­clud­ing 183 against Sur­rey at The Oval in July.

Mean­while, Azhar Mah­mood, who has two years left of his cur­rent deal, will re­turn to St Lawrence next sum­mer de­spite spec­u­la­tion about his fu­ture.

Joe Denly (188 not out) and spinner James Tredwell (70) shared a cen­tury stand for the Eng­land Per­for­mance Squad in their lat­est four­day game against Nashua Ti­tans in Pre­to­ria. They joined up with the squad af­ter leav­ing the main party fol­low­ing the 2-1 one-day se­ries win.

Alex Blake and Sam North­east are with the Eng­land C squad at Lough­bor­ough for the sec­ond of two in­door ses­sions. They leave for a three-week trip to Pre­to­ria on Sun­day, Jan­uary 3. North­east and re­serve wicket-keeper Paul Dixey will then link-up with Gra­ham Ford in Dur­ban for two months.

Mem­bers of Ash­ford Rugby Club’s un­der-14 squad had a day to re­mem­ber when they at­tended the Guin­ness Premier­ship clash be­tween leaders Sara­cens and Sale on Satu­ur­day. The youngsters formed a guard of hon­our as the teams took to the pitch at Vicarage Road and met Sale Sharks coach, for­mer Eng­land and Lions winger Ja­son Robin­son (pic­tured)

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