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Bowler Ivan Thomas leaves Kent after nine years

Kent have announced the departure of pace bowler Ivan Thomas.

The 29-year-old missed all of the 2019 season following an anterior cruciate ligament but featured in two Bob Willis Trophy matches this summer.

Ivan Thomas has left Kent.
Ivan Thomas has left Kent.

He took 4-32 in the second innings at Essex but those were his only victims with the ball.

Thomas departs with the highlight winning promotion to Division 1 of the County Championship in 2018. His best bowling figures came that summer when he took 5-91 against Leicestershire.

"Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to spend the last decade at the club," he said. "Not just the players and coaches, but the office staff, ground staff and the members and supporters too.

“I’m gutted that I couldn’t have spent another decade here, but I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given.

“Playing a role in the Championship promotion season in 2018 will be a highlight of my time at Kent, and I hope the team can go on to win Division 1 in the near future.

“The squad looks in an incredible place with every potential of winning trophies in all formats, and I wish all of the Kent lads the best of luck going forward."

Thomas made his first-class debut for Kent in 2012 against Essex.

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton added: “We’d like to thank Ivan for his contributions in a Kent shirt over the past eight years.

“He has been a hugely popular and valued member of the dressing room throughout his time at Kent. He has been particularly unlucky with injuries which kept him off the field for long periods of time.

“I would especially like to thank Ivan on behalf of the players for all his hard work as their representative to the PCA. We wish Ivan the very best success in the future.”

He becomes the second departure from the county's bowling ranks this week after Calum Haggett also left Kent.

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