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Kent Cricket head coach Matt Walker wants to finish the season on a high

By Mark Stokes

Matt Walker says Kent are determined to finish their season on a high even though they know beating Glamorgan will change nothing.

A season that began so well has ended in anti-climax, not helped by the complete abandonment of Kent's penultimate Specsavers County Championship Division 2 game against Derbyshire at Chesterfield last week.

The washout dropped one-time pacesetters Kent to fifth, but head coach Walker says they still have pride to play for when they host Glamorgan in their final game which starts at Canterbury on Monday (start 10.30am).

Matt Walker Picture: Andy Jones
Matt Walker Picture: Andy Jones

He said "In terms of our goal at the start of the season (promotion) that's disappeared but I'd like to finish the season on a bit of a high and like every game we've gone into this year we'll be trying to win.

"In terms of that nothing's changed it's just I suppose disappointing it's not going to count for very much come the end of the season.

"I know it's going to count for nothing but we still have a job to do and we're still a professional outfit and we still have responsibilities to turn up and play well and try to win games of cricket."

Meanwhile Walker says there are questions to answered after the Derbyshire match was abandoned without a ball bowled.

The fixture was scheduled to have been played at Derby but was switched to Queen’s Park because there were concerns a Boyzone pop concert at the County Ground could have damaged the outfield.

Walker said: “It’s very disappointing because everyone has something to play for. We were looking to give someone a debut this week (fast bowling all-rounder Grant Stewart) and people are playing for milestones and places.

"Everyone has things to prove at this back end of the season and as I said before this game we wanted to finish on a bit of a high with a couple of wins.

“But when we turned up on day one I think we all knew we weren’t going to bowl a ball on here for the four days and probably not for another four days because it’s just not in a fit state to play cricket.

“I’m not going to get into reasons as to why they did it, that’s up to the ECB to ask those questions, but from our point of view it is disappointing because the guys wanted to play and prove what a good side they are.

“We weren’t in a promotion hunt, had we been god knows what would have happened, everyone would have been absolutely livid about the situation but that’s not the point really, everyone has different reasons for wanting to impress at this time of year and we wanted to play.

“I don’t want anyone to get punished and I’m not saying throw the book at anybody but it’s disappointing and it definitely needs looking at in the future.”

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