Send your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org No Kent return for all-rounder Kemp
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)