Blake agrees new con­tract

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

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.

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