Johnson named as new club president
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.