Matt Quinn Leaves Essex for Kent After Successful Loan Spell

Matt Quinn has decided to prolong his stay at Kent by signing a contract that will see him remain in the side until the end of the 2024 season. He has been on loan from Essex since May 2021, when he was enlisted to strengthen Kent’s seam-bowling ranks, which injuries had plagued. He has signed a contract to stay at Kent until the end of the season, followed by a three-year permanent contract starting 2022.

The New Zealand-born seam bowler had been at Essex since 2015 and played 60 games across different formats for the team. However, his time at the club was hampered by injuries and stiff competition from fellow bowlers in the squad. The 28-year-old has also played for Auckland in New Zealand, marking his debut into first-class cricket in January 2013. He has since claimed more than 250 wickets in all formats of the game.

Matt was welcomed with open arms to the Kent ranks by Paul Downton, Kent’s Director of Cricket. Paul acknowledged that Matt had fit in well with his teammates during his loan spell and proved to be a valuable asset to the team. He is optimistic that Matt will bring much-needed depth and flexibility to the seam-bowling ranks. Matt has played four games for Kent in the County Championships, where he took 12 wickets at an average of 19.33

Matt suffered a back injury in 2017, which had sidelined him in the Essex side, though he worked diligently to remain in contention for the first team despite competition. The switch to Kent means that he stands a better chance of making the first eleven. 

Kent will play Sussex in an LV- Insurance County Championship match at The Spitfire Club from Sunday, July 11th to Wednesday 14th, 2021. In addition, their limited-overs team, the Kent Spitfires, has an upcoming fixture at Lord’s, London, on Friday, July 16th, 2021 as part of the Vitality Blast.

The match pitting Kent Spitfires against Suffolk has been cancelled. The match had been pencilled in to occur on July 20th, 2021, at the County Ground Beckenham but due to COVID challenges it has been called off. The club made this decision to ensure the safety of its players and officials, and fans. The club will contact fans who had bought tickets for this fixture via email at a later date.

Meanwhile, Jacques Banton, the left arm spin bowler, has signed a rookie contract with Worcestershire that will see him up to the end of the summer. He has been a regular in the team’s second XI and could be elevated to the first team in the Vitality T20 blast on Friday 16th against the Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston.  The Worcestershire Rapids will also face the Leicestershire foxes on 16th July in the Vitality T20 blast at UpstonSteel County ground. Jacques is the younger brother of Tom Banton, the England and Somerset batter and son of Colin Banton, a former batter for Nottinghamshire. 

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Reference Resource:

  • https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/county-cricket-matt-quinn-leaves-essex-for-kent-after-successful-loan-spell-1266726?ex_cid=GOOGLENEWSSTAND-RSS
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