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Adam Riley signs contract extension

Wednesday 21st October 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent spinner Adam Riley has signed a contract extension.

The 23-year-old Sidcup-born bowler has committed his future to the club after taking 143 wickets in 100 first-team appearances since his debut in 2011.

He represented England Lions last winter in South Africa and is aiming to win a regular place in the line-up.

Opportunities for spinners were limited in 2015 with seamer-friendly pitches but Riley took four wickets against the touring Australians and another four scalps in the record win against Glamorgan in September.

The off-spinner said: “Kent have given me plenty of opportunity since I signed my first contract so I am delighted that I can continue my development here and finally commit my future to my home county.

“With Sam Northeast taking over as skipper and so many of our other key players also committing their futures, all signs suggest that we are a county heading in the right direction.

“The squad is very excited to see what we can achieve next year. We finished the season strongly in Championship cricket and we will be aiming to go even further in the limited-overs competitions in 2016.

“There’s competition for places throughout the squad so I will be looking to hit the ground running in pre-season.”

Chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said:“It’s great to see another young Kent player commit his future to the club and keep our core of home-grown talent together.

“Adam has all the tools to become an international spinner and we hope the environment at Kent is the perfect place to help him realise that aim. He has also demonstrated that he can offer much more than just his bowling to Kent in the future.

“2015 was a frustrating year for Adam but it does not diminish, in the slightest, Kent Cricket’s belief that Adam can reach his full potential.

“Along with James Tredwell, the promising Imran Qayyum and the likes of Fabian Cowdrey and Joe Denly, Kent have a pool of spin talent to handle the varied demands of Twenty20, one-day and four-day cricket.”

Riley will go on a two-week tour of Grenada and Barbados next month with a Club Cricket Conference squad coached by Kent coach Min Patel.

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