Kent’s season to make merry

2009-10-10 00:00

IT is a rare and significant milestone, and it is not granted to just any cricketer.

A benefit season is reward for those who have remained committed, endured and succeeded for a team.

The Dolphins, in handing Jon Kent a benefit in 2009/10, have granted the DHS product one of cricket’s ultimate honours.

This season, whatever happens, will have the lanky all-rounder’s stamp on it.

Having made his debut for the Dolphins in 1999/2000, Kent has carved out a successful first-class career at Kingsmead.

Aside from his exploits on these shores, the 30-year old also found his way to Scotland, where he represented the Tartan Army in various ECB limited-over competitons.

Perhaps the highlight of Kent’s career came in 2002, when he made his ODI debut against Australia at his beloved Kingsmead.

That his international career has been confined to just two caps is testimony to the glittering array of talent that KZN — never mind South Africa — have in the all-rounders department.

Kent shared a provincial change-room with Shaun Pollock and Lance Klusener in the early stages, so the competition for the pivotal all-rounder role has always been strong.

Kent has played 82 first-class matches for KZN, amassing close on 4 000 runs in the process.

He has also performed a more than useful role in the shorter formats, with his medium-pace bowling and aggressive hitting making him a key part of the Dolphins’ limited overs plans.

A team man to the hilt, Kent has now become a senior figure in the Dolphins set-up. He is also enjoying a third stint under coach Graham Ford, a man he credits with much of his development.

There are several events planned over the course of the season, with the benefit having been officially launched on Thursday at Kingsmead.

Maritzburg fans have also been included in the celebrations, as there is a benefit lunch to look forward to.

That lunch will take place during the Dolphins’ 40-over clash with the Titans on 17 January, 2010.

Tables of 10 are currently available at R4 000 apiece, and with that comes an entire day’s access to the VIP marquee, including a three-course meal.

For more details on bookings for tables at the 40-over match at the Oval on 17 January, or other benefit events, do not hesitate to call Dave Ward at 082 492 1995 or e-mail


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