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Mitch Claydon to leave Kent after signing deal with Sussex

Kent bowler Mitch Claydon has signed a deal to join Sussex at the end of the current campaign.

The Australian-born bowler will depart after seven seasons in Canterbury having not been offered a new contract at the club.

Claydon signed for Kent on loan back in 2013 before making the move from Durham permanent in 2014.

Mitch Claydon in County Championship action against Yorkshire. Picture: Ady Kerry
Mitch Claydon in County Championship action against Yorkshire. Picture: Ady Kerry

He has registered 183 appearances since his arrival at the club, taking 324 wickets at an average of 31.88.

His best with the bat for Kent came in 2017 when he struck 77 against Leicestershire.

Claydon has taken 19 wickets in four games in Specsavers County Championship Division 1 so far this season, including a best of 5-46.

The 36-year-old, who was awarded County Cap 213 during the 2016 Canterbury Cricket Week, will leave as a popular figure both on and off the field.

On leaving Kent, Claydon said: "I'd like to give a huge thank you to all my coaches and teammates over the past seven years here.

"Thank you to everyone for all the support over the years. I've made memories and friends for life here.

"I’d like to wish the best of luck to 'Walks' and the rest of the Kent Cricket squad and staff for the future."

Head Coach Matt Walker said: "Mitch has been an outstanding servant to Kent in his seven years here and has been one of the real characters in the dressing room.

"He's also produced some great performances for us, whether that be in red ball cricket or at the death in limited overs formats.

"He's been a real match winner for Kent on the field and a true champion off it. He'll be hugely missed."

Sussex currently sit in sixth in Division 2 after three wins, four losses and four draws so far in 2019.

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