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Walker extends Kent tenure

Monday 28th September 2020

Men’s First Team

Kent Cricket is delighted to announce that Head Coach Matt Walker has signed an extension to his contract until at least the end of the 2022 season.

The 46-year-old was appointed as Head Coach in 2017, following a stint as Assistant Coach at the Club beginning in 2014.

Gravesend-born Walker spent 16 years of his playing career at the county, scoring more than 12,000 first-class runs, winning the Sunday League in 1995 & 2001, and top-scored in Kent’s Twenty20 Cup Final win in 2007.

Under the former left-hander’s leadership, Kent achieved promotion to Division One of the County Championship, as well as reaching the final of the One Day Cup, in 2018.

On remaining at Kent, Walker said: “I’m extremely pleased to commit to Kent for at least two more seasons.

“We are building a squad here that can compete for trophies and one that I hope the county can be proud of.

“We have come a long way as a Club over the last few years and I know how hard everyone here is working to keep raising standards. I’m excited to see what the next two years brings.”

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said: “I am delighted that ‘Walks’ has extended his term as Head Coach.

“Since he was appointed in 2017, Matt has created an environment where young players have thrived and overall standards have been raised both on and off the field.  His recent work with the England men’s squad shows how well thought-of he is as a coach.

“With Simon Cook and Mike Yardy in place, our members and supporters can be confident that the Club is in good hands as Walks leads the coaching team into the next 150 years of the Club’s history.”

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