Last­ing legacy left by Doug

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport All The Week’s Action... - By Richard Harvey

Aus­tralian left-arm pace­man Doug Bollinger has played his last game for Kent.

Bollinger heads home this week­end to start his prepa­ra­tions to play for the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in next month’s Cham­pi­ons League T20 tour­na­ment in In­dia. Ho­bart qual­i­fied for the event af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in Aus­tralia’s do­mes­tic T20 com­pe­ti­tion – the Big Bash League – last sea­son. Al­though Bollinger, 33, was due to spend the full sea­son with Kent, he will head back Down Un­der with the bless­ing of chief ex­ec­u­tive Jamie Clif­ford. Mr Clif­ford said: “When Doug signed his con­tract to play for us, Ho­bart had not qual­i­fied for the Cham­pi­ons League but he told us he would want to play in it should they do.

“Be­sides, un­der the ‘ no ob­jec­tions cer­tifi­cate’ that all par­ties sign when con­tract­ing an over­seas play­ers, the club is duty bound to re­lease him when re­quested by his home club or coun­try.

“We were not about to stand in his way even though we have a Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup quar­ter fi­nal to play.

“It is what it is in to­day’s crick­et­ing world. We just have to ac­cept it and thank him for the time he spent with us.

“He has been great for us, both on and off the field and he will leave a last­ing legacy here.”

And it seems it won’t only be a legacy Bollinger will leave be­hind.

Mr Clif­ford said: “Doug was cer­tainly a char­ac­ter in the dress­ing room. He’s taught a few how to fol­low suit.”

Bollinger’s team-mate, all­rounder Dar­ren Stevens, agreed the Aus­tralian’s pres­ence would be missed in the dress­ing room.

He said: “It will be a lot qui­eter – there is no doubt about that.

“It has been a lot of fun having Doug here and I am sure the friend­ships made will last a life­time.”

Mr Clif­ford said com­pe­ti­tion rules would pre­vent Bollinger from be­ing re­placed but he was con­fi­dent the young­sters in the squad would stand up and be counted.

He said: “They (the young­sters) have done fan­tas­ti­cally to-date. Ev­ery­one who has played has con­trib­uted at some stage.

“There is no rea­son why that can’t con­tinue.”

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