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Another retirement – another kindness shown

06/05/2018

Following the appointment of Paul Downton, ex-Sevenoaks School student, past England wicket-keeper and past Managing Director of England & Wales Cricket Board, as Director of Cricket of Kent County Cricket Club my role became redundant. It is the first time Kent Cricket has had a Director of Cricket and it is an exciting role – with responsibility for the development of the professional teams and the identification of young talent and its development from U11 onward. As the profile below shows, the young talent part was my role – so I can now, at 76, leave it to others (Paul is only 60!).

So what have I been up to until now?

I played cricket for Bexley, Beckenham, Dartford and Gravesend, was a playing member of MCC and played for Kent 2nd XI. I served in various coaching and administrative roles in Kent Schools’ Cricket since 1967 and am currently its President. I selected and coached English Schools’ regional and national teams at Under 15 and Under 18 levels and was Chairman of English Schools’ Cricket Association in 1988 and of the South Region from 1996 to 2001.

I worked within Kent County Cricket Club, under Colin Page, coaching aspiring young players and young professionals. From 1967 to 2002 I coached Kent’s Under 15 to Under 18 county teams. I served on Kent Cricket Board (now Kent Cricket Community Group) from its inception and on Kent County Cricket Club General Committee, as a co-opted member, from 1979 until 2002 and from 2013 until 2018. I was until 2018 Chairman of the Pathway Group, responsible for the planning and delivery of programmes to identify and develop young talent. I “marketed” the absorbing of the professional game (Kent County Cricket Club) and the recreational game (Kent Cricket Board) into one body (branded Kent Cricket) and formulated its structure.

So at the end of my contribution, over 50 years, I have stood down. No payments involved over that time, just a desire to support the game and its young players. As with most volunteers you just get stuck in and hope others appreciate your efforts.

Well the County Cricket Club has certainly shown its appreciation in a huge gesture: by appointing me a (Life) Vice President of the Club.  I will not name drop, the other 13 are listed elsewhere – and they cause me to feel humbled.

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  1. 17/06/2018 6:19 pm

    Congratulations, new (Life) Vice-President of Kent County Clicket Club.

    Very well-earned.

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