JONES TO LEAVE COUNTY
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.”