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Old 30th April 2009, 16:18   #121
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Parnell has make a good start for you.
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Old 30th April 2009, 16:26   #122
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Parnell is really rocketing along now, 58* from just 66 balls. I doubt he will steer Kent past the follow on though what with 29 more needed.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 18:44   #123
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I see Parnell is looking to sign for Kent for the whole season for the whole season (obviously he would play in the 20/20 WC for SA).

If he signs up, I can see you going back up quite easily and winning this division fairly comfortably.

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Old 6th May 2009, 15:30   #124
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Parnell doing well again I see, came in at 131/6 but is currently 38* and at a good clip too.
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Old 6th May 2009, 17:54   #125
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not a single 50 to his name before this stint either...
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Old 7th May 2009, 12:21   #126
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not a single 50 to his name before this stint either...
He was described as an all rounder before he came over though so I was expecting a couple of scores off him. He's been very impressive so far however.

Just as impressive is Sam Northeast scoring a few runs, it's about time he was given his chance. Some people have been calling for Joe Denly for some kind of international recognition but he's not kicked on in the past year at all and Northeast is supposedly the most talented youngster to come through the ranks for many a year.
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Old 31st July 2009, 15:26   #127
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Paul Farbrace is to become the new coach of Kent after he leaves his post with Sri Lanka.
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Old 5th August 2009, 15:18   #128
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At Kent v Middlesex it's just madness, madness.
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Old 5th August 2009, 22:45   #129
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At Kent v Middlesex it's just madness, madness.
Considering both first innings were done and dusted without either topping 40 overs, it was a rather peaceful sort of madness. The only real help in the pitch was bounce, with Amjad and Finn in particular getting serious carry.

But generally batsmen looked comfortable. And then got out. Some very bad running, which was the end of both Robson and Key (a legacy of aggressive one-day running, stealing singles which are hardly there, something generally lauded as a massive improvement, but which can easily lead to unecessary strife); and one stunning piece of fielding in the covers by Denly. Lots of batsmen got out flashing at wide ones, and while there was the odd really good delivery - Amjad's yorker to Shah; a classic piece of left-arm bowling from Kartik to dismiss Kemp - it should have been fairly easy going for the batsmen. Two batsmen would look comfortable and I always thought one or two partnerships would make a mockery of what had gone before. But they kept falling like flies.

There were dark mutterings from the Kent faithful about a 'shocking pitch', but closer inspection (you're invited onto the ground at these places, not arrested for it) revealed a relatively unblemished surface with the barest covering of grass. And an equally unblemished blue sky, with only the faintest wisps of white cloud. Beautiful setting, wonderful cricket.
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Old 3rd April 2011, 10:28   #130
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Kent are looking to Calum McLeod, Neil Saker, Kyle Hodnett and Jonathan Denning as trialists:

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Old 4th May 2011, 11:36   #131
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I worry for Kent this year. Injuries mean our attack today consists of Neil Saker, Darren Stevens, James Tredwell, Adam Ball and Adam Riley which is incredibly inexperienced.

Although it's never nice to see a player injured too, Joe Denly needed a rest from the 1st XI. The fact that he'd not been dropped before just confirms how weak the squad is this year.

Still, a solid start against Northants.

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Kent must have the worst batting coach in the history of mankind. It's not just Denly but Key and Northeast have barely scored a run for two years.
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Old 4th May 2011, 18:53   #133
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I thought Sam Northeast was going to be a huge hit at county level but he's just not kicked on as hoped. Even after his ton in the first match this season he's not moved on. Will hopefully be heading to Canterbury tomorrow, if we can bundle Northants out for under 250 then be unbeaten at the close I'll be fairly pleased.
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Old 7th May 2011, 00:41   #134
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Oh dear, well my optimistic prediction didn't happen. Although Darren Stevens has now given me hope for an against-the-odds saved match, who knows, maybe even a Botham style Headingley '81 miracle.

Or more likely just a 4th day, mid-afternoon 9 wicket defeat.
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I think Kent could be set for a lengthy stay in Division 2.
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Old 12th May 2011, 13:39   #136
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I think Kent could be set for a lengthy stay in Division 2.
We certainly won't be even challenging for promotion this year. Although it's not surprising really when you look at our finances.

Matt Coles (0 & 0-76 in the latest match against Glamorgan) spoke at my club's pre-season dinner, and he said that he was looking forward to the season as he was going to play more of a role in the first team. To which my team-mate replied "Isn't that because you're fairly cheap?". Perhaps a bit harsh, but when we can't afford to sign an overseas pro and have had to let our best fast bowler, Amjad Khan, go because we just can't compete with other counties ambitions and wage structures, the fans' frustration is obvious.

As a point of interest, Matt Coles was also asked whether he preferred 4-day or 1-day cricket, to which he responded he much preferred 1-day and 20/20 games as he finds the longer format "boring". Hopefully this isn't too much of a prevailing trend amongst up and coming professional cricketers.
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Old 12th May 2011, 16:03   #137
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We certainly won't be even challenging for promotion this year. Although it's not surprising really when you look at our finances.
There's doubtless something of a gulf between CC1 and CC2 - this could turn out to be the first season since 2003 that at least one relegated sides fails to go straight back up.

But I think as with all team sports, what you really need to mount a challenge is a good sum of the parts. You don't need stars: Northants are going great guns and it just looks as if hey have put the right blend together.

A settled side is vital: chopping and changing and uncertainty doesn't work. Behind the scenes stability must also be very important - no-one thrives in a bad atmosphere.
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Old 12th May 2011, 16:23   #138
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On another note, Key's form seems to have gone to pieces. Not a short-term thing either - last season only one massive score saved him from an abysmal tally.
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Yes a good team blend is the most important thing, but you still need the talent and application to go with it. At the moment Kent are full of non-performing established players (Jones, Key, Denly) and youngsters who haven't proved themselves at the top level (Northeast, Coles, Blake, Ball, etc). God knows where we'd be if it wasn't for Stevens and Van Jaarsveld.

It doesn't help that the Kent league structure is fairly weak at the moment, last year James Hockley hit 270* in a Premier Division game, but this is someone who's been tried and failed over almost a decade at county level. Having said that, young players now know that a few good league performances could see them in the Kent team, so hopefully some new blood will come through. Not for a long time will a county cap be so easily earned though.
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Is Hockley the one who failed, was released, then resigned - and failed again?
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