Adams still fol­lows from afar

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

The West Indies head to Can­ter­bury for a three-day tour match from Sun­day but one fa­mil­iar face will be miss­ing. Jimmy Adams stepped down as head coach af­ter five sea­sons at Kent last year and was ap­pointed direc­tor of cricket in the Caribbean in Jan­uary. The 49-year-old will fol­low proceedings from back home in Ja­maica but ad­mit­ted: “Kent will never be too far away from my thoughts given the time I spent there and the re­la­tion­ships I have there. I’ll al­ways check the scores and hope the county can get re­sults.” The 166th Can­ter­bury Cricket Week will be the first with­out Adams present since 2011 and he said: “The sup­port­ers make it spe­cial. “The play­ers and coaches ap­pre­ci­ate the time and money peo­ple in­vest in fol­low­ing the squad and per­for­mances dur­ing the fes­ti­val week tend to stick in peo­ple’s minds. It’s a spe­cial time for the club with the tra­di­tion and his­tory of the Week.” With the likes of 2nd XI cen­tu­ri­ons Zak Craw­ley and Joe Weather­ley set to fea­ture this week, Adams said: “The tour matches are an op­por­tu­nity to see some of Kent’s younger play­ers against in­ter­na­tional op­po­si­tion. “Matt Hunn was not play­ing reg­u­lar first-team cricket but it was a good ad­vert for him to take five wick­ets against Aus­tralia in 2015. And for Daniel Bell-Drum­mond his cen­tury in that game made the se­lec­tors stop and take no­tice.”

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