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Darren Stevens and James Tredwell sign new Kent contracts

By Alex Hoad

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens and spinner James Tredwell have signed contract extensions with the club.

Stevens, who celebrated his Benefit Year in 2016, is Kent’s all-time T20 top run-scorer and is closing in on 15,000 first class runs after passing 400 first class wickets in a prolific 2017 season.

It was his best ever year with the ball, taking 62 Championship wickets including seven five-wicket hauls in 2017.

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens Picture Andy Jones

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens Picture: Andy Jones

Signed by Kent as a batsman in 2005, more than half of the veteran seamer’s wickets have been achieved in the last four years of his 20-year career.

The 41-year-old said: “I’m still really enjoying my cricket and love playing for Kent. It’ll be time to retire when I’m not getting runs and wickets and I feel like I’m still doing my job.

“I’m still up for the challenge and I love competing with the youngsters. As long I’ve still got that fight, I’ll play as long as I can.”

Tredwell, 35, was awarded a Testimonial Year in 2017, made his Kent debut in 2000 and will return for a 19th season in 2018.

The Ashford-born bowler will combine playing with coaching the next generation of Kentish talent in the Academy and age-group squads.

Capped 52 times by his country, Tredwell said: “I’m delighted to commit my future to the club.

“Having come through the system at Kent, it’s great to be part of the club trying to achieve our ambitions going forward.

“I’ve had a great Testimonial Year and I’d like to thank the supporters for their backing for the last 18 years.”

James Tredwell

James Tredwell

Head coach Matt Walker said: “Darren and James have been wonderful servants to this club and provide a great example for the youngsters coming through on and off the pitch.

“Darren achieved his best season ever with the ball and his club record knock at Glamorgan was one of his best.

“James has not played as much as he would have liked this year but he is still a fine off-spinner and an excellent mentor for our emerging talent.”

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