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Kent Cricket batter Jack Leaning extends contract until the end of 2024


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Jack Leaning has signed a contract extension with Kent until the end of the 2024 season.

The deal caps a year to remember for Leaning, who joined Kent from Yorkshire in late 2019.

Kent's Jack Leaning has extended his contract with the county. Picture: Keith Gillard
Kent's Jack Leaning has extended his contract with the county. Picture: Keith Gillard

Leaning said: "Kent is now my home and this decision was a very easy one. I’m loving life down here and it’s been a really good move for me.

“I feel like I’m getting back to being the player I know I can be again, and hopefully in the years to come I can kick on even more.”

A member of Kent Spitfires' victorious T20 Blast team this year, Leaning scored more than 300 runs and took seven wickets to help the county to their first trophy in 14 years.

He was also part of the four-day squad that won Division 3 of the County Championship, his tally of 745 championship runs was the best of any Kent player. Leaning finished with one hundred and six half-centuries to his name, averaging 46.56 with the bat.

There were individual honours as well. Leaning was named batter-of-the-year at the club's end-of-season awards night after scoring 1,196 runs across all formats and was awarded his county cap in September.

He is also in the record books for his 220 not out against Sussex in 2020’s Bob Willis Trophy - part of a club-record partnership for any wicket in any format alongside Jordan Cox with a combined 423 runs.

Jack Leaning was part of Kent's successful County Championship Division 3 campaign. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Jack Leaning was part of Kent's successful County Championship Division 3 campaign. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Kent director of cricket Paul Downton said: “Jack has made a significant contribution to Kent since joining us from Yorkshire.

“He has established himself as a key member of the side in all formats and now has the opportunity to become a major run scorer for Kent in the coming seasons.

“His fielding at slip or in the deep in T20 cricket has been outstanding and his wicket-taking ability has been more than useful on a number of big occasions.

“With the strong work ethic Jack has we believe his best days as a cricketer are in front of him and I am delighted that Jack has committed his future to Kent.”

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