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Old 13th October 2014, 15:41   #321
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Rumours increasing that Joe Denly is on his way back to The Garden. Whilst I'm not convinced that it's the greatest move on Kent's part, I have to confess I'll be delighted to see the lad return. I always felt he might one day.
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I guess with a glittering England career now behind him, he feels its right to return home..
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Old 13th October 2014, 18:09   #323
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I guess with a glittering England career now behind him, he feels its right to return home..
He was one of those players once rated as a future star England opener by those who don't watch county cricket.
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Old 13th October 2014, 19:33   #324
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He was one of those players once rated as a future star England opener by those who don't watch county cricket.
Kent have had a conveyor belt* of such players recently- Denly, Northeast, Bell-Drummond. None of the three quite broken through as might have been expected.

*A short belt, admittedly
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Old 13th October 2014, 19:37   #325
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Kent have had a conveyor belt* of such players recently- Denly, Northeast, Bell-Drummond. None of the three quite broken through as might have been expected.

*A short belt, admittedly
Bit early for Bell-Drummond....2014 was only his second full season and he finished with over 1000 runs at 40.
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What's your view on Bell-Drummond? I've heard good things, but not seen a huge amount of him on telly. You are right to point out he's had a decent 2nd year.
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What's your view on Bell-Drummond? I've heard good things, but not seen a huge amount of him on telly. You are right to point out he's had a decent 2nd year.
He's one of those batsman that sometimes looks out of sorts, and yet he's still there later with 50 on the board (he reminds me a little of Mark Benson in this regard). He started off favouring the back foot but, apparently Matty Walker has been working to get him to come further forward. Consequently, he's found quite an adhesive quality, as underlined by the fact that only 4 Div Two batsmen faced more balls last season. I like that in a f-c opening bat, especially one who plays with blokes who enjoy going for their strokes. Whether he'll develop more confidence in his strokeplay as he establishes himself remains to be seen but I feel there's a very solid base there.
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With Key, Bell-Drummond, Denly, Northeast, Nash, Stevens and Billings making up the top seven and either Tredwell or Riley as the spinner what Kent need now is some seam bowlers.
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Geraint Jones signs a two year deal as Glos skipper !
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Geraint Jones signs a two year deal as Glos skipper !
Great! So some of the class of 2005 will still be around until at least 2016.
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Congratulations to James Tredwell on getting an (undisclosed) extension to his Kent contract http://kentcricket.co.uk/news/james-...icket-contract, though I think he would have been happier playing for Sussex and would have had better chances here. Good luck Tredders and thanks for your help last year.
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Congratulations to James Tredwell on getting an (undisclosed) extension to his Kent contract http://kentcricket.co.uk/news/james-...icket-contract, though I think he would have been happier playing for Sussex and would have had better chances here. Good luck Tredders and thanks for your help last year.
I think this suggests Kent have serious limited overs aspirations next season.

I imagine Tredders might also be up for a benefit.
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Coles returning to Kent by the looks of it:

http://www.ageasbowl.com/news/Matt-C...eave-Hampshire
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Not enough pubs in Hampshire then?
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Coles returning to Kent by the looks of it:

http://www.ageasbowl.com/news/Matt-C...eave-Hampshire
Confirmed today.

Denly...Coles....who'll be next to return - Vince Wells?
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Confirmed today.

Denly...Coles....who'll be next to return - Vince Wells?
Nah....reckon it will be Paul Downton
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Nah....reckon it will be Paul Downton
A very good county cricketer. And one of the most successful, in terms of trophies won, during the past fifty years. Also one of the select band to have played in an Ashes regaining series. Another one in the eye for the "show me your medals" brigade.
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A very good county cricketer. And one of the most successful, in terms of trophies won, during the past fifty years. Also one of the select band to have played in an Ashes regaining series. Another one in the eye for the "show me your medals" brigade.
Considering how Downton's career ended, that's probably not the best phrase to use.
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A very good county cricketer. And one of the most successful, in terms of trophies won, during the past fifty years. Also one of the select band to have played in an Ashes regaining series. Another one in the eye for the "show me your medals" brigade.
I remember exactly where I was when his name was announced over the tannoy as understudy wicket-keeper for the tours of Pakistan and New Zealand in 1977/78 - I was in the small scorebox at Scarborough.

My friend and I were surprised and pleased. He'd only played literally a handful of first-team matches for Kent then and we thought it was radical.

I thought he was rather cool. We used to sing Petula Clark's "Downtown" in his honour.
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