Kent Cricket have signed batsman Sean Dickson after a string of impressive performances for the second XI this summer.
The 23-year-old played club cricket in the East Anglian Premier League this season before earning a trial at Kent.
Dickson scored two SecondXI Championship centuries against Essex and MCC Young Cricketers as well as half-centuries versus Surrey and Gloucestershire – with an average of 76 runs from four matches in 2015.
He also scored 135 and 65 against a strong Yorkshire second XI attack which included England ODI bowler Liam Plunkett in a friendly at Polo Farm.
The batsman said: “I like to build the innings, rotate the strike and bat through the new ball before attacking later on.
“It’s been a great experience so far and the lads have welcomed me into the squad.
“I can’t be impatient and need to keep scoring runs as many runs as I can and not get hasty.
“My Mum is from Beckenham and told me a lot about The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence and the old Lime Tree so to play for this club is a privilege.”
He has scored a T20 century and averages 39.5 in six matches in the shortest format and hit 83 in the Second XI Trophy at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Monday against Gloucestershire.
Dickson has been named in a 12-man squad to take part in the SecondXI Twenty20 Finals Day on Thursday (July 16) at Arundel.
High performance director Simon Willis, who manages Kent’s second XI, said: “Sean shows a great maturity with the bat and understands his game well.
“He plays to his strengths and is a calming influence around the dressing room.
“The number of runs he has scored in all formats is testament to his focus and concentration.”
The batsman was born in Johannesburg to a Kentish mother and has played first-class cricket for Northerns in South Africa. The right-hander is a UK passport holder so he is not classed an overseas player.
As well as his batting, Dickson also bowls medium pace with two first-class wickets in 11 overs and a T20 wicket in his only over earlier this year.