Ashes-winning wicketkeeper Geraint Jones has joined Gloucestershire from Kent on a short-term loan.
The deal will see the former England international remain with the South West county for two months.
This transfer comes just a day after the two counties competed against one another in the County Championship, in which Gloucestershire were the resounding victors by a margin of 290 runs.
But the first choice keeper at the County Ground this summer, Gareth Roderick, broke his finger during the match and will consequently be on the sidelines for around six weeks.
The 22-year-old has been in good form, scoring two half centuries in his most recent outing. However, the recurrence of a finger injury means that the youngster will have to become accustomed to spending more time in the pavilion over the coming weeks.
A similar injury earlier in the year postponed Roderick’s start to the season. After a superb performance in his first Championship game of 2014 against Kent, he will be bitterly disappointed to be ineligible to play once again.
The South-African born wicketkeeper looks to have a bright future ahead of him, having been snapped up by Gloucestershire after impressing for Cheltenham in the Western Premier League.
He has already surpassed 1,000 first-class runs at an average above 40 and his standout performance so far was arguably his 152 not out against Kent, which saved a draw for his team last year.
After claiming their first win of this season against Kent, Gloucestershire will be looking to use the result as a springboard for further victories – with the aid of an experienced international wicketkeeper-batsman.
Roderick’s injury opens the door for Jones to get some highly sought-after time in the middle.
Sam Billings has come to prominence for Kent this season, ousting one of the club’s most senior players and making the position behind the stumps his own.
As a result, Jones, 37, has yet to play this season – his last competitive cricket match was for Papau New Guinea against Hong Kong in a 50-over game back at the start of 2014.
The veteran glove wearer and bat wielder is a long-serving member of the Kent dressing room, having joined the club back in 2001. In that time he has won a T20 winners’ medal and had his benefit year in 2012.
His stay in Bristol will potentially see him competing in six County Championship games and 13 T20 Blast outings.
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