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Old 17th January 2018, 14:00   #941
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When I first said on here five weeks ago that Northeast was leaving, my fellow Kent supporters all refused to believe it and rubbished the story on social media.

I can see why - it does seem inexplicable that Kent should shoot themselves in the foot like this.

But my source was 100 per cent reliable - as he was about the approach to Duminy, about Billings being the homegrown choice as skipper and Downton and Fulton being the front-runners for the DoC job, all of which I faithfully reported on here weeks before you read it anywhere else.

After Duminy, the other name I'm getting as an O/S signing is Duanne Olivier. But signing the Saffers may have been slowed by the continuing uncertainty over whether Allan Donald can get a working visa to take up his post as assistant coach. Kent appointed him in December 2016 and he still hasn't arrived yet!
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Old 17th January 2018, 14:16   #942
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You are right that those new signings are urgently needed, life of riley.

I've just sketched out the XI that would take the field if the season started tomorrow and without Coles, Northeast and Sam 'white ball' Billings it is desperately weak and reads like a team that has had its heart ripped out:-


Dickson
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Denly
Crawley
Blake
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Gidman
Rouse
Haggett
Claydon
Qayyum
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I haven't got this straight in my head. Did SNE lose the captaincy and subsequently ask to leave the club, or did he ask to leave first, thus compelling Kent to appoint a new skipper?
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Old 17th January 2018, 14:36   #944
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I have to believe that there must be signings imminently otherwise as I said this is going to be a desperate season. As regards the Northeast situation I can see that if he had no intention of signing a new contract it made his position as captain untenable which means leaving was the only outcome. What I don't understand is that surely a decision should have been made long before now and new plans should have been made so that we were not left with the mess we are in now, where with a new season approaching we are miles away from having a competitive side.
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I have to believe that there must be signings imminently otherwise as I said this is going to be a desperate season. As regards the Northeast situation I can see that if he had no intention of signing a new contract it made his position as captain untenable which means leaving was the only outcome. What I don't understand is that surely a decision should have been made long before now and new plans should have been made so that we were not left with the mess we are in now, where with a new season approaching we are miles away from having a competitive side.
I guess that's down to the changing personnel on the bridge - new CEO takes over at the end of this month, chairman only been in the job since April, waiting for the DoC appointment, continuing uncertainty about the coaching staff and whether Allan Donald can join us...

It does appear to be shambolic, but I'm trying to be charitable here and recognise that there were/are extenuating circumstances...
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Real shame Duminy seemingly isn't going to be spending the full season wih Kent - on Wednesday he scored 37 runs from a seven ball over for Cape Cobras v Knights in a 50 over match: - 6,6,6,6,2,5(4 + nb), 6.

Perhaps we can at least get him for the T20 - and perhaps make him captain for the early Blast matches when Billings is missing with England's white ball squad?
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I notice both Sam Billings and Joe Denly are in the IPL auction later this month. It would be interesting if both were selected. Maybe Kent will need another captaincy option!!
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I notice both Sam Billings and Joe Denly are in the IPL auction later this month. It would be interesting if both were selected. Maybe Kent will need another captaincy option!!
You have to ask serious questions about the promotion ambitions of a county which has just appointed a captain and vice-captain, neither of whom wants to play in the first four CC games.

Kent can kiss goodbye to the RLC as well, as the captain and vice captain seem determined to miss at least four of the eight fixtures in that comp and by the time our brave new 'leadership' returns from India, Kent are almost certain to be out of contention.

I fear for Kent, I really do. I had hoped that the end of the lost decade under the dead hand of the baleful Kennedy/Clifford combination would herald the dawn of a new and more ambitious era.

It is true that it has brought a welcome end to the futile and self-defeating war with the ECB conducted by the outgoing chairman and CEO. But if anything, the club's ambition seems to have taken a nosedive from even the lowly aspirations of Kennedy and Clifford.

If Billings and Denly both get their wish to miss the first two months of Kent's season, I'd give the captaincy to Alex Blake, who has some experience of the job at second XI level and without the trio of Northeast, Billings and Denly is suddenly elevated to the role of senior batsman
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