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Kent sign Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald on two-year deal

Kent have snapped up Somerset seamer Tim Groenewald on a two-year deal from the start of the 2020 season.

The right-armer has taken 401 wickets from 138 first-class matches in his career across spells with Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Somerset.

Groenewald, who holds a British passport having been born in South Africa, has racked up 144 wickets in 47 matches at an average of 26.45 since 2015.

This includes a best of 5-51 against Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship back in June this year.

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton. Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent director of cricket Paul Downton. Picture: Ady Kerry

Groenewald took seven wickets and scored 62 runs in six matches as Somerset won this year's Royal London One-Day Cup.

He has also taken 95 wickets at an average of 28.52 and scored 394 runs with a strike rate of 125.47 in 110 T20 matches so far in his career.

Groenewald said: "I’m really pleased to join Kent at what is an exciting time for the club, with Division 1 status secured for next year, and the basis of a strong white ball team being improved on.

"I know several people in the Kent dressing room and it feels as though the club is moving in the right direction. I'm looking forward to bringing my experience to the club and competing in all formats."

Director of Cricket Paul Downton added: "I am excited that Tim has agreed to join us.

"He is a reliable bowler who will add significant experience to our bowling unit.

"He will compete in all formats and work well with our young seamers.

"To be a competitive side, you need depth, and as we seek to move up the Championship table and challenge in white ball competition, Tim will be a great addition to the group."​

He arrives as the club's second new signing in a week following the introduction of 18-year-old off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri from Derbyshire.

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