Following a 14-year stay with Kent, Geraint Jones is set to leave the Spitfires this summer after the County Championship Division Two side revealed that his current contract would not be renewed, reports the BBC.
The Ashes-winning wicketkeeper joined the South Eastern side in 2001, and has scored more than 7,000 runs in his time with the club.
But the 38-year-old has recently lost his place in the side to Sam Billings and will now not remain with Kent past the end of the 2014 season.
The former England gloveman is one of Kent’s most experienced players, having represented the Three Lions in 34 Test matches and 49 One Day Internationals.
There is one undoubted moment that the keeper – born in Papau New Guinea – will be remembered for, and that is the winning catch in the decisive second Test of the 2005 Ashes at Trent Bridge.
With Australia looking likely to chase down an improbable 282 for victory, Jones clung onto a gloved deflection from Michael Kasprowicz off the bowling of Steve Harmison to produce one of the most memorable moments in Ashes history.
While replays later suggested that the wicket should not have been given – as the batsman’s hand was not in contact with the bat – the dismissal still remains that of legend.
Jones played for England between 2004 and 2006, but his loss of international cricket turned out to be Kent’s gain.
Trophies have been few and far between for the Spitfires in the 21st century, but the 2007 T20 Cup is one that didn’t get away. Jones only made four in the final against Gloucestershire, but he was nevertheless an integral part of the side that won the competition.
Kent then found themselves in the same position 12 months later, with a final against Middlesex in Southampton. The 38-year-old didn’t get to bat, but he did catch opposing captain Ed Joyce as Rob Key’s side lost by just three runs.
In later years, Jones would step up as a
stand-in captain when James Tredwell was absent on international duty. His experience
and chirpy nature has been a great asset behind the stumps.
Despite taking 41 dismissals and scoring over 400 runs in 2013, Jones has really struggled to get into the Kent side this summer, mainly due to the rise of Sam Billings.
A loan spell with Gloucestershire earlier this year was cut short after four weeks when the wicketkeeper sustained an eye injury. Since his return to the South East, he has been limited to Second XI appearances.
And now, at 38, he is faced with the prospect of searching for a new county for the first time in more than a decade.
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