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Old 5th March 2018, 17:21   #1021
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Derbyshire last week beat Kent to sign Olivier (just as they did last season with Viljoen), Morkel will surely go to Warwicks or Yorks and Duminy and Parnell seemingly can't make their minds up, the former because he's like that (he signed for Surrey a few seasons ago and then pulled out) and Parnell because his wife is expecting a child.
Moxon said that Yorkshire weren't interested in Morkel so he could still be an option.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/spor...oxon-1-9039103
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Old 6th March 2018, 17:10   #1022
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Nine days to go until the first pre-season friendly at Canterbury v Hampshire and Hallelujah! finally we get an announcement about recruitment...

...the head groundsman is leaving at the end of the season and the deputy head groundman has been appointed in his place.

Apparrently the new boiler in the Cowdrey stand had a good innings during last week's cold spell, too.

So many reasons for Kent supporters to be cheerful about the new season!
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Old 6th March 2018, 19:03   #1023
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Forgive my sarcasm earlier. I have now found one genuine reason to be optimistic. This catch by Kent's Joe Denly in the PSL is a contender for the best I've ever seen:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIOC6-IDJ7Y
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Old 7th March 2018, 17:03   #1024
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going down the kolpak route by signing Kuhn
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Old 7th March 2018, 18:06   #1025
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going down the kolpak route by signing Kuhn
Does he bowl quick?
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Old 7th March 2018, 19:20   #1026
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Does he bowl quick?
doubt it. Four tests in England in 2017 opening the batting.

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Old 7th March 2018, 20:55   #1027
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Welcome, Heino. I confess I would rather have had Duminy, but the signing of Kuhn suggests that Donald's long courtship of JP ended with him turning us down.

The two positions Kent don't actually need are an opening batsman (we've got Bell-Drummond, Dickson and Crawley) and a wicket-keeper (Billings and Rouse). So we sign Kuhn, who is a wicket-keeping opening batsman. That's just so Kent.

Kuhn looked out of his depth in the Test series last summer and couldn't play the moving ball to save his life.He nicked off to keeper or first slip four times in eight innings, was clean bowled twice by Broad and ended with a series average of 14. No wonder he's now gone down the kolpak route...

I'd expect Kent to stick with Bell-Drumbo and Dicko as the opening pair and trial Heino in the number four slot vacated by Northeast. I'd also give him the gloves in the absence of Billlings and let Rouse fight it out as a batsman with Blake and Crawley for the vacant number five and number seven slots (and Kent's fragility definitely means we need seven battters).

I'd start the season with:

Bell-Drum
Dickson
Denly
Heino
Crawley/Rouse/Blake
Stevens
Crawley/Rouse/Blake
Tredwell/Qayuum
Claydon
new fast bowler
new fast bowler

Who the two new quicks are I don't know. They should have been Viljoen and Olivier. But somehow Kent allowed themselves to be outbid by the rich and mighty Derbyshire for both of them.
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Old 7th March 2018, 21:29   #1028
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To replace Sam Northeast Kent had very little choice but to go down the Kolpak route. The signing of Heino Kuhn
at least makes the batting look relatively strong. Agree they need a couple of quality bowlers to sign. Hopefully this will happen soon. Wouldn't be surprised to see Grant Stewart get a place in starting eleven either.
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Old 8th March 2018, 09:44   #1029
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Just had a message this morning saying that the Duminy deal is not yet dead.

Kent are going to be the most elderly side in the championship this season with Denly (32), Claydon (35), Stevens (42), Kuhn (34), Gidman (33) and Tredwell (36).

If Duminy comes he's 34, too, and in the unlikely event that Morkel chooses Canterbury rather than Edgbaston, he's 33 as well.

Eight players over 32 in the side might be some kind of record.

It's funny how the years fly by when you get old. It only seems like yesterday that the Kent CEO was telling members to be patient and not to expect instant success while a young homegrown side was given time to develop and mature!
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Old 14th March 2018, 09:18   #1030
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Kent Cricket announce profit and debts at lowest level since 2010

Some good news for Kent supporters:

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/spo...profit-161466/
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Old 14th March 2018, 12:32   #1031
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Just had a message this morning saying that the Duminy deal is not yet dead.

Kent are going to be the most elderly side in the championship this season with Denly (32), Claydon (35), Stevens (42), Kuhn (34), Gidman (33) and Tredwell (36).

If Duminy comes he's 34, too, and in the unlikely event that Morkel chooses Canterbury rather than Edgbaston, he's 33 as well.

Eight players over 32 in the side might be some kind of record.

It's funny how the years fly by when you get old. It only seems like yesterday that the Kent CEO was telling members to be patient and not to expect instant success while a young homegrown side was given time to develop and mature!
There looks to be a solid core group there, all proven quantities. Hopefully, there are a couple of young fast bowlers coming through the ranks for Donald to impart his knowledge towards their development.

Otherwise, picking up someone on loan like Harris last season, could be a realistic option.
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Old 14th March 2018, 17:12   #1032
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My best cricketing years were some time after my 30s (not that they were good).
But with modern fitness and strengthening techniques, the 30s are the new 20 for all save the fastest of bowlers.
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Old 14th March 2018, 19:13   #1033
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Matt Henry should be a decent signing (if he stays fit).
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Old 16th March 2018, 09:55   #1034
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Well I went out yesterday, and by the time I was home we'd signed two excellent players for the T20 - Adam Milne (who showed real promise at times last year) and Marcus Stoinis, returning to Kent 6 years after representing the 2ndXI in a few games.

With them, plus Kuhn (and Matt Henry for the first half of the season), all we'll need is another quick bowler for the end of the season to be able to put out - on paper at least - a pretty strong team.

Suddenly the level of optimism among Kent supporters will be rising!
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Old 16th March 2018, 10:51   #1035
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Think the signings for the 20/20 blast will enable Kent to be very competitive in that competition. As for the Championship I think the batting is fine but even with the addition of Henry who is a good signing think we may still be a bowler short. However Allan Donald may improve the other other bowlers as well. More confident for the new season now that's for sure.
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Old 16th March 2018, 11:52   #1036
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Very happy with the four signings and Stoinis is a more than decent substitute for the failure to land Duminy.

Half a season of Henry is not going to solve the bowling problems in the CC and we need at least one more fast bowler to have much chance of taking 20 wickets.

But the T20 side looks competitive and it chimes with the chatter around the club that they're targeting white ball success in 2018 and aren't fussed about promotion from the championship, as it would only be for one season before the CC becomes three conferences in 2020.

T20 side:

1 Bell-Drummond
2 Kuhn
3 Denly
4 Billings
5 Stoinis
6 Blake
7 Stevens
8 Tredwell
9 Qayuum
10 Milne
11 Another fast bowler (not Haggett/Claydon/Thomas please - if we don't find someone, another chance for Gidman or may be try Grant Stewart )
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Old 16th March 2018, 12:11   #1037
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But the T20 side looks competitive and it chimes with the chatter around the club that they're targeting white ball success in 2018 and aren't fussed about promotion from the championship, as it would only be for one season before the CC becomes three conferences in 2020.
I certainly have every confidence that they'll double their points tally in the One Day Cup.
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Old 16th March 2018, 19:54   #1038
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I certainly have every confidence that they'll double their points tally in the One Day Cup.
I woudn't bank on that , Rob. With our absentee captain away at the IPL, the One Day Cup campaign is going to start with an XI something like this:

1 Bell-Drummond
2 Crawley or Dickson
3 Denly
4 Kuhn (wkt)
5 Blake
6 Stevens
7 Gidman
8 Haggett or Stewart
9 Qayuum
10 Henry
11 Claydon

Huge presure on that top six, because with the obvious weakness of that bowling attack, the par score is going to be 330 every game even to be in with a chance.

You will recall that in the course of last season's debacle, Kent scored in excess of 330 on three ocassions - and lost all three matches. And that with an attack far superior to the 2018 line-up, which included Harris, Parnell and Coles. 50 overs is also the format in which Stevens' bowling is totally ineffective and his dibbly-dobblys get mercilessly milked - six wkts at 55 in last year's tournament.

But I'm hearing that Kent aren't too bothered about the 50 over cup and are putting all their eggs in the T20 basket. I can see them using the 50 over comp to test some of the back-up seam bowlers and giving Stewart a run. Let's just hope he fares better than Hartley who was afforded a similar opportunity last season and was so dire that he was sacked!

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But I'm hearing that Kent aren't too bothered about the 50 over cup and are putting all their eggs in the T20 basket. I can see them using the 50 over comp to test some of the back-up seam bowlers and giving Stewart a run. Let's just hope he fares better than Hartley who was afforded a similar opportunity last season and was so dire that he was sacked!
I understand the realistic attitude that the T20 offers Kent's best chance of success and that promotion from Div Two isn't a priority given the likely changes to the CC structure. But I wonder what those members who have bought the CC+RLC membership feel about it!
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Denly if we are all being honest isnt going to get a call up to the IPL
After today's performance you are probably right. Denly batted 18 overs to make 51, a stodgy, misfiring innings that almost singlehandely ensured KK lost their PSL semi-final.

Luke Ronchi then hit 94 in 12 overs for Islamabad,who won with eight overs to spare.

I'm a big fan of Denly's and tipped him for the top when I saw him make his debut century for Kent in the CC a decade ago. But today is a today he will want to forget.
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