John­son named as new club pres­i­dent

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For­mer Kent all-rounder and cur­rent chair­man of cricket Gra­ham John­son has been an­nounced as pres­i­dent for 2014.

John­son will as­sume the po­si­tion at the Club’s an­nual meet­ing on April 2 af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by out­go­ing pres­i­dent Bob ‘the Cat’ Be­van at a meet­ing of the Past Pres­i­dents of the Club.

Mr Be­van MBE: said: “Gra­ham was a stand-out can­di­date to be­come pres­i­dent given al­most a half a cen­tury of ser­vice to the club as a player and of­fi­cial. He will con­tinue, as he has al­ways been, to be an ex­cel­lent am­bas­sador for Kent.”

Beck­en­ham-born John­son made his first class de­but for the county in 1965 and was a main­stay of Kent’s suc­cess­ful 1970s side.

He played 376 matches for Kent – scor­ing 12,509 runs in­clud­ing 11 hun­dreds and 53 half-cen­turies – and took 560 wick­ets.

John­son also played more than 300 one-day games – scor­ing 5,666 runs and tak­ing 104 wick­ets – and was capped in 1970 and be­came chair­man of cricket in 2004.

Mr John­son said: “I have seen first hand, over many years, the de­light

first c l a s s shown by past Kent pres­i­dents in their ap­point­ment and the way they have en­joyed their year in of­fice. That has been par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent in ‘the year of the Cat.’

“I ap­pre­ci­ate hav­ing been his nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent and to hear his rea­son­ing for that nom­i­na­tion – it is a great hon­our. “I want to be a hands-on pres­i­dent, hence my de­sire to com­bine the role of pres­i­dent with the work of con­tin­u­ing to build the foun­da­tions for the fu­ture of our club. “This is a pos­i­tive time for the club, it hav­ing emerged stronger and bet­terequipped through the chal­lenges of the re­cent past.

“To be pres­i­dent in a year which builds on re­cent achieve­ments is hugely pleas­ing.”

spin­ner James Tred­well was in the spot­light as Kent spin­ner James Tred­well Eng­land snatched de­feat from the jaws of vic­tory in the fi­nal ODI against Aus­tralia in Ade­laide on Sun­day.

The 31-year-old ap­peared in the fi­nal three ODI matches but could not pre­vent a 4-1 se­ries de­feat, fol­low­ing on the back of the 5- 0 Ashes white­wash.

Tred­well’s seven overs went for 28 runs as the hosts were re­stricted to 217-9 from their 50 overs on a slow pitch on Aus­tralia Day.

In re­ply, Eng­land looked set to cruise home and win the fi­nal two ODIs of the se­ries. How­ever, with Eng­land on 1543 in the 36th over, Eoin Mor­gan and Joe Root both de­parted within min­utes and de­spite 25 from Ravi Bopara, Tred­well came to the crease in the penul­ti­mate over with Eng­land need­ing nine from eight de­liv­er­ies.

In the end, Tred­well nicked one be­hind off Shane Wat­son, with Eng­land need­ing six to win off three balls. Tred­well also played in Fri­day’s 57-run win over Aus­tralia at Perth, go­ing wick­et­less in his five overs and not get­ting to bat as Eng­land posted an im­pos­ing 316-8.

Tred­well was left out for the first of three t20 clashes on Wed­nes­day but will be hop­ing to play in the sec­ond match at Mel­bourne tomorrow (Fri­day) and the fi­nal t20 in Syd­ney on Sun­day.

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