Duo sign new Kent con­tracts

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Family Announcements -

KENT’S Dar­ren Stevens and Rob­bie Joseph are the lat­est play­ers to agree new con­tract ex­ten­sions with the county. They have both signed new deals that take them through to 2011. Stevens, 33, joined the county in 2005 and equalled his ca­reer best score of 208 against Mid­dle­sex last sum­mer. He rep­re­sented Eng­land in the Hong Kong Sixes in Oc­to­ber. Joseph, 28 next month, is mak­ing a good re­cov­ery fol­low­ing a shoul­der op­er­a­tion. He missed the sec­ond half of the sea­son af­ter be­ing in­jured field­ing in the Twenty20 game against Sur­rey at The Oval in June. Kent’s team di­rec­tor Paul Farbrace said: “We are de­lighted Dar­ren and Rob­bie have ex­tended their con­tracts. Both are qual­ity play­ers and, with Rob Key, Martin van Jaarsveld and Geraint Jones re­cently ex­tend­ing their deals, the nu­cleus of the team is tak­ing shape. “As a club, it’s great for us to know that the play­ers want to com­mit them­selves mov­ing for­ward. It’s also ex­cit­ing from the team point of view be­cause it puts us in a strong po­si­tion go­ing into the 2010 sea­son.”

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