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Kent sign batsman Jack Leaning from Yorkshire on three-year deal

Kent have announced the signing of batsman Jack Leaning from Yorkshire.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year deal, which starts on October 1.

Leaning, who usually bats at five in the Specsavers County Championship, has made 68 first-class appearances and boasts an average of 30.46.

Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson celebrates as Jack Leaning is run out in the game against Yorkshire at Canterbury earlier this season Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent wicketkeeper Ollie Robinson celebrates as Jack Leaning is run out in the game against Yorkshire at Canterbury earlier this season Picture: Ady Kerry

The Bristol-born right-hander has made four first-class centuries, with a top score of 123, made against Somerset in 2015. A product of the Yorkshire academy, he also bowls off-spin.

Leaning averages 29.14 with the bat in List A cricket and 31.77 with the ball. He has a one-day high score of 131 not out and best bowling figures of 5/22.

The right hander has also scored 875 runs in 48 career T20 appearances, averaging 28.22, and with an impressive strike rate of 133.79.

Leaning said: "I'm really excited by the prospect. I think it's at the right stage of my career to have a little bit of a change.

"It's a big move lifestyle wise, and that did cross my mind at first.

"However, since then, all that's come back to my mind is excitement as opposed to any nerves.

"For me, that's one of the reasons I chose Kent. It felt like the right fit for me having spoken to the club. I'm really looking forward to it."

Kent director of Cricket Paul Downton said: “We are really pleased that Jack has chosen to join us for the 2020 season and beyond. His talents across all formats of the game show that he is a versatile and intelligent cricketer.

"Jack will add significant depth to our batting unit as we look to improve our squad in order to climb higher up the Specsavers County Championship table and compete for white ball trophies.

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