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Former Netherlands international and ex-Essex all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate to join Kent Cricket as batting coach


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A former Netherlands international has agreed to link up with Kent as batting coach from the start of 2022.

Ryan ten Doeschate, who retired from the professional game as a player after the 2021 season, will join up with Kent from January 1.

Ryan ten Doeschate has joined Kent as batting coach. Picture: Vikki Lince
Ryan ten Doeschate has joined Kent as batting coach. Picture: Vikki Lince

Ten Doeschate featured in teams across the globe, winning titles in the Indian Premier League and New Zealand’s Super Smash, as well as captaining Essex in England - overseeing multiple successes across all forms of the game.

The 41-year-old played alongside Kent head coach Matt Walker at Essex.

He also made 57 appearances for the Netherlands in international cricket, most notably scoring two centuries in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

His imminent arrival helps fill the void left by the departure of Mike Yardy who rejoined Sussex as Academy director last month.

On joining Kent as men’s batting coach, ten Doeschate said: “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work with Matt Walker and the Kent squad, especially with the talented group of players that have just won the T20 Blast and will compete in Division 1 of next season’s County Championship.

“I’m ready to start a new chapter of my career and use my experience - and that of some of the others I’ve worked with - to influence and improve the players and the group.”

Walker Tweeted: "Absolutely thrilled to have Ryan join our coaching staff.

"He will add an enormous amount to this group. Welcome pal!"

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton said: “We are delighted to welcome ‘Tendo’ to the club following his recent retirement as an outstanding player.

“He's a proven leader with two Championship wins under his captaincy at Essex, and he already has a varied coaching CV.

Ryan ten Doeschate in action for Essex against Kent, pictured in 2011 during his playing days. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ryan ten Doeschate in action for Essex against Kent, pictured in 2011 during his playing days. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"He will bring with him a winning mentality and all the experience of a successful playing career into an ambitious Kent dressing room, keen to learn.

"Equally important, I have no doubt that he will fit in extremely well with Matt Walker, who he has played alongside in his career, and (bowling coach) Simon Cook to create a really exciting coaching team at Kent.”

The news comes after Kent announced the re-signing of overseas spin bowler Qais Ahmad last week.

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