Paul Downton to retire after 2023 season

Wednesday 5th July 2023

Paul Downton to retire after 2023 season

Kent Cricket can confirm that Paul Downton will be retiring as Director of Cricket at the end of the season.

During the past Winter, Paul advised the Club’s Board that 2023 would be his last year and he will leave the Club after six seasons in post.

Kent Cricket’s Chair, Simon Philip said: “It was a coup for the Club when we persuaded Paul to return to the game in 2018 as our Director of Cricket.

“He has taken us on a journey that has delighted everyone connected with the Club and seen our players thrive and gain success that was beyond anything we imagined when he was appointed.

“Promotion and a Lord’s final in the first year, maintaining our Division One status and the two trophy-winning years of 2021 and 2022 are a testimony to Paul’s experience, interpersonal skills, good sense and integrity.

“However, it has not just been about winning cricket matches and trophies. Paul has built a culture that has led to players developing, gaining national selection, and wanting to join the Club from elsewhere. I also know that our coaching team has greatly appreciated his input into their careers and the daily support that he has provided.

“From my perspective, it has simply been a joy to interact with Paul throughout the last six years and I will really miss his wisdom and wise counsel.

“There will be plenty of time for us all to show our appreciation for everything Paul has done for the Club, and we look forward to welcoming him back to Canterbury in years to come, free of responsibility for what is going on within the boundary rope!”

Paul Downton added: “I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to return to the club where I started my professional cricket career back in 1976. I have enjoyed working with a lot of good people, both on and off the field and engaging with Members and supporters.

“In 2018 we set out on a journey to raise standards and compete to the best of our ability. Gaining promotion to Division One of the County Championship that year was a significant step forward for the Club. Winning the Vitality Blast and the One Day Cup is testament to how far the players, coaches and support staff have come.

“I initially took on the role for three years and have stayed for six. I have hugely enjoyed the challenges and the ups and downs of County cricket, and it has been a pleasure to witness the group’s successes.

“We have a good mix of senior players and young talent which offers an exciting glimpse of the future.

“I look forward to watching our talented squad achieve all their cricketing ambitions whilst representing this great Club.”