Blake agrees new contract
Kent batsman Alex Blake has signed a contract extension, ending speculation surrounding a move to Sussex. Blake agreed a new deal after amassing over 500 runs in 20 white-ball innings this summer, including more than 200 at an average of 50 in Kent’s run to the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-finals. The 26-year-old Farnboroughborn star, who came through the Kent Academy, joins captain Sam Northeast, Daniel BellDrummond and Matt Coles in committing his future to his home county. Blake (pictured) said: “I’ve played at Kent for my whole career, so it was an easy decision to stay. “The reaction to my performances this season has been flattering and shows people are taking notice of what I’ve done this summer. “It’s an exciting time for the club and I wanted to repay the faith shown in me.” Blake celebrated his new contract with a recall to the Championship side this week – replacing the injured Rob Key – to end a threeyear exile as Kent completed their Championship campaign against Gloucestershire at Canterbury from Monday.