Published: 08:30, 28 August 2014
Doug Bollinger may not have played as much golf as he hoped during his time with Kent but the Australian paceman has no complaints.
The left-armer came to play plenty of cricket and have fun while doing it – he says he got what he wanted.
Not that losing his final game, the seven-wicket defeat against Middlesex in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence last Wednesday, was in the plan.
He said: “I always play to win so you could say they (Middlesex) gate-crashed the going away party.
“But at least I got Bucky (Australian Test and Middlesex opener Chris Rogers) out so I’ll remind him of that when I see him next!
“A win would have been a great way to sign off but you can’t write your own script.”
Bollinger flew home last weekend to start his preparations to play for the Hobart Hurricanes in next month’s Champions League T20 tournament in India.
Hobart qualified for the event after finishing second in Australia’s domestic T20 competition – the Big Bash League – last season.
But while he was looking forward to that – he loves touring India – Bollinger, who has played 12 Tests, 39 ODIs and six international T20s, was happy to reflect on his four-and-a-half months with Kent.
He said: “The time I’ve spent here has been fantastic and I’ve enjoyed being a part of that dressing room.
“I was made to feel real welcome from Keysey (captain Rob Key) and all the staff from the moment I arrived to when it was time to go.
“You can’t ask for more than that as an overseas player – it’s been a great time for both me and my family.”
As for his statistics, Bollinger took 57 wickets in all formats for the county.
He said: “I wanted to take as many wickets as I could, every bowler does and hoped that would contribute to winning some games.
“I was pleased with the way it (the ball) came out.
“I wanted to come and play here and experience playing in different conditions and different situations.
“I sure got that with the amount of cricket that’s played over here.”