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Medium pacer Simon Cook says he can look back with fond memories on his Kent career

03 September 2012

Simon Cook

Simon Cook looks set for a career in coaching after Kent announced he is leaving the county at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old medium pacer joined the county from Middlesex in 2005, and has taken a total of 174 first class wickets in 75 matches for Kent, including a career best 6-35 against Sussex two years later. He also claimed 104 one-day victims and 69 in T20 cricket.

He scored 1230 runs in 99 first class innings, with a top score of 71 against Yorkshire at Headingley in 2006.

Cook (pictured) who has been helping young team-mates Matt Coles and Adam Ball this summer and said: "I have completed my level four coaching award, and I take a lot of enjoyment out of seeing the players I have worked with doing well.

"It is always a sad day when you have to leave something that has been a large part of your life, as Kent cricket has been for the last seven years. I look back with fond memories, but I also have to look forward."

Kent's chairman of cricket, Graham Johnson, added: "Simon has been a key member of our squad, and a reliable, respected and influential player."

Cook makes his final appearance for the county leading the second XI in their four-day County Championship final against Leicestershire at Grace Road, starting on Tuesday.

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