JONES TO LEAVE COUNTY

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Kent’s for­mer Eng­land wick­et­keeper Geraint Jones will leave the county at the end of the year af­ter not be­ing of­fered a new con­tract for the 2015 sea­son. A mem­ber of the 2005 Ashes-win­ning line-up, Jones, 38, made his first class de­but for Kent in 2001.

He has played 150 first class matches, scor­ing 7,048 runs at 34.53, in­clud­ing 14 hun­dreds and mak­ing 466 dis­missals. His high­est first class in­nings was 178 against Som­er­set at Can­ter­bury in 2010.

Jones, who played 34 Tests, also played 143 one-day and 91 Twenty20 matches for Kent, scor­ing 3,181 runs and tak­ing 241 dis­missals.

He said: “I would like to thank the mem­bers and sup­port­ers for the back­ing they have given me over my time at Kent. I will look back with a tremen­dous amount of pride on all that I have achieved with the county.”

Club pres­i­dent and chair­man of cricket, Gra­ham John­son, said: “De­ci­sions such as th­ese are never easy and Geraint has been dig­ni­fied in his ap­proach to his con­tract po­si­tion and ex­tremely sup­port­ive of the squad dur­ing the 2014 sea­son. Geraint can be rightly proud of the huge con­tri­bu­tion to Kent cricket that he has made over his ca­reer.

“He has fol­lowed in a great line of Kent wick­et­keeper/bats­men and will take his place in that dy­nasty.

“All in­volved with the club wish him well for the future and I am sure the club’s sup­port­ers will join me in thank­ing him for all that he has done for the club.”

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