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Kent announce signing of South African bowler Hardus Viljoen

By Cameron Hogwood

Kent have confirmed the signing of fast bowler Hardus Viljoen for this summer's T20 Vitality Blast campaign.

The 30-year-old, who played four County Championship matches for Kent in 2016, will not count towards the Spitfires' overseas player quota in the tournament.

Viljoen spent two years with Derbyshire from 2017, picking up 62 first-class wickets and making 53 appearances across all formats before leaving by mutual consent in January.

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton
Kent director of cricket Paul Downton

Viljoen was named Player of the Series in the 2018 T10 League in the UAE last November thanks to his haul of 18 wickets in nine matches, including a best of 3-6 from two overs in the semi-finals.

He was also plucked by the Kings XI Punjab in this year's IPL Auction before taking seven wickets in six matches and boasts a T20 bowling average of 25.02 with 110 wickets in 94 innings across leagues around the globe.

On returning to Kent, Viljoen said: “I feel that I played some of the best cricket of my career when I was at Kent in 2016 and I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in front of the passionate supporters here again this season. Although there will be some familiar faces for me coming back, I’m excited to work with this young and talented squad that got to the quarter finals last year.”

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton, said: “Hardus’ skills and experience give us an extra dimension with the ball and I feel that we have a very competitive bowling attack for this competition. Together with the rest of the squad, including our other Vitality Blast signings Adam Milne and Mohammad Nabi, I believe that we can go into any game in this tournament with the confidence that we can take wickets.”

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