Blake signs a new deal

Kent cricket

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Sport -

Kent bats­man Alex Blake has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion with the county. The 28-year-old Kent Cricket Academy grad­u­ate made his de­but in a one­day match against Sur­rey at Can­ter­bury in 2007 and last year re­ceived his county cap. He said: “I’m de­lighted to ex­tend my con­tract at Kent. “As a lo­cal lad, I love rep­re­sent­ing my home county, hav­ing been part of the set up here since I was nine. “I feel I’ve got a lot to of­fer the team across all three for­mats of the game – next sum­mer can’t come soon enough and I can’t wait to be a part of a team try­ing to push for do­mes­tic hon­ours. “I look for­ward to join­ing back up with the squad to start our prepa­ra­tion for next sea­son.” Blake hit his maiden List A cen­tury this sum­mer with a 46-ball hun­dred against Som­er­set at Taun­ton in May. He has won the Fielder of the Year three times and it was his di­rect hit from the fi­nal ball which sealed a dra­matic T20 tie against Sus­sex at Hove in July. Kent’s chair­man of cricket Gra­ham John­son said: “Alex has bro­ken the mould by earn­ing his county cap pre­dom­i­nantly through con­tri­bu­tions in white-ball cricket. “We’re de­lighted he has com­mit­ted his fu­ture to the club as we be­lieve he is a bats­man ca­pa­ble of con­tribut­ing in all for­mats.”

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