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Families of former players receive club caps in ceremony

Monday 8th June 2015

Club legends gathered on Sunday as the families of three former players were awarded caps for their fine service of Kent Cricket.
Club captain Rob Key and president Lady Kingsdown presented the caps during the lunch interval at the club's former player's day.
The three players honoured were:
Alec Hearne, cap 15
One of a famous cricketing family of eight members, six of whom played for Kent. Alec’s career spanned the years 1884 to 1906 during which he played for the County on 409 occasions.
He was described as a good slow bowler, a fine defensive batsman and an excellent slip fielder. During his career he achieved the distinction of being Kent’s most outstanding all-rounder, having scored more runs and taken more wickets than any other player.
In 1899 he shared a third wicket partnership with J.R. Mason, putting on 321 runs, a record that stood until 2005. In his Kent career he scored 13,897 runs and took 1,036 wickets. Alec Hearne was capped in 1885.
James Seymour, cap 57 (presentation pictured above)
A regular in the Kent side from 1902 until 1923 and played a major part in the Club’s first Championship triumph of 1906.
He was a product of the Tonbridge Nursery and under the expert coaching of Captain McCanlis developed into a fine attacking batsman and an outstanding fielder.
He was the first Kent batsman to score two hundreds in the same game. His highest score, an undefeated 218, was achieved against Essex in 1914.
In his 472 games he scored a total of 24,023 runs including 53 centuries and more than 1,000 in a season on sixteen occasions.
James Seymour was capped in 1902.
Ian Akers Douglas, cap 98 (pictured above)
He appeared for Kent in 47 matches between 1929 and 1937 and in 1936 he shared the Captaincy with Percy Chapman and Bryan Valentine.
He scored two centuries for the County, against Hampshire in 1932 and Somerset in 1934.
His total runs for the County were 1,519 at an average of 24.11. He played in the Eton XI in 1928, scoring 158 against Harrow, and played on several occasions for Oxford University in 1929 and 1930.
Ian Akers Douglas was capped in 1932.