Finch ‘really enjoying’ keeping wicket for Kent

Finch ‘really enjoying’ keeping wicket for Kent

Kent ‘keeper-batter Harry Finch is loving life behind the stumps for the county.

Named as the Club’s first-choice wicketkeeper in red-ball cricket after signing a two-year contract extension over the Winter, the 29-year-old has 12 dismissals to his name so far this County Championship season.

His two stumpings to go alongside ten catches may not sound like much on paper but were two big moments for different reasons: the stumping of Simon Harmer, through the gate past leg stump for Finch to whip the bails off, was Jaydn Denly’s first career first-class wicket; his stumping of Keaton Jennings at Lancashire, blindsided by the former England opener coming down the wicket and going away from him, just to swing his right arm across his body to break the wicket.

The Jennings stumping went viral on social media and was a big turning point towards Kent’s victory at Old Trafford.

“I was a deep point when Harry Finch made his stumping and it was unreal,” said teammate Nathan Gilchrist after play on Day Two in Manchester. “It was great work from him and I’m not sure even he expected to make that stumping!”

On Day One, Finch showed great timing and glovework at an edged delivery from George Bell, rising to shoulder height at pace, to claim Gilchrist’s first wicket of his new best first-class innings figures of six for 24.

Speaking after Kent’s draw with Worcestershire, Finch spoke to BBC Radio Kent about his time so far as Kent’s first-choice ‘keeper. “Last year was my first year keeping wicket. I really surprised myself last week with what happened [in the stumping of Jennings] but I’ve been working really hard on it, practising day in and day out with Nick Wilton, the keeping coach here.”

His commitment to taking the gloves has also seen the former Sussex man seek the advice of fellow professional wicketkeepers. “I had the chance to chat with Ben Foakes the other week when we played Surrey at Canterbury,” Finch says. “I sat down with him in the canteen for 20 to 25 minutes and that was amazing.

“We had a proper chat about keeping and what he does and what he looks to do and the next game I got that stumping so it obviously helped!”

“I’m really enjoying it, it’s another way to try and get in the game and impact the game.”

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