County cricket – Matt Quinn leaves Essex for Kent after successful loan spell | Cricket
Matt Quinn, the New Zealand-born seamer, has signed for Kent on a deal that runs to the end of the 2024 season after slipping down the pecking order at Essex.
Quinn, 28, went on loan to Kent earlier this season after they suffered a seam-bowling injury crisis and took 12 wickets in four County Championship fixtures at an average of 19.33. He has signed for the club on loan for the rest of the season, and will be on a permanent, three-year contract from 2022 onwards.
Quinn initially joined Essex in late 2015, playing 60 games for the club across formats. His opportunities were limited by injury, and by the depth of Essex’s seam-bowling stocks.
“We’re delighted that Matt has chosen to join us on a long-term basis,” Paul Downton, Kent’s director of cricket, said. “He has already shown his ability in a Kent shirt this season and he fitted in really well in the dressing room during his loan spell. He brings something different to our seam attack as we continually look to improve the strength and depth of our squad.”
Anthony McGrath, Essex’s head coach, said: “He has had to face long periods out of the game due to the back injury he sustained in 2017 but has worked hard to get back into first-team contention ever since. We are blessed with very talented bowlers at the club but unfortunately, Matt has sometimes found his opportunities limited as a result.”
Meanwhile, Worcestershire have announced the signing of Jacques Banton – the younger brother of Somerset and England batter Tom – on a rookie contract for the rest of the summer. Banton, an allrounder who bowls left-arm spin, has been playing regularly for the club’s second XI, and could come into first-team contention in the T20 Blast when Moeen Ali links up with England’s white-ball squad on Saturday.
Alex Gidman, the club’s head coach, described Banton as “a genuine allrounder” and confirmed he would come under consideration for selection. “He strikes the ball cleanly and has got quite a lot of nous about how he plays the game with both bat and ball,” he said.
“He has the same skill set as his brother Tom in being a powerful batsman, and they are both allrounders but just in different ways. We are looking at bringing him on board to get him around the group, and it gives us another potential player for selection if needed.”
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