With the culmination of the English domestic season now a few weeks old there has been enough time to reflect on what was once again a fairly average campaign for Kent Cricket Club.
While there were moments of hope and performances to cheer the season ultimately ended trophy-less.
Doug Bollinger was impressive in his debut campaign at the St Lawrence Ground but the main positive to take was the progression of youngsters Daniel Bell-Drummond, Adam Riley and Sam Billings.
But despite the development of those young players, Kent fans will be eager to know how much longer their side will remain one in transition.
It was a refreshing sight to finally see a Kent overseas player flourish in the County
Championship. Bollinger took 27 wickets in eight four-day appearances, whilst his average of 26.41 was the best of any player to have claimed more than 10 dismissals throughout the summer.
The Australian paceman’s season ended prematurely as he left to prepare for the Champions League T20 with Hobart Hurricanes but he was an asset to the Spitfires during his stay in the garden of England.
If Kent can retain his services next year then they will stand a good chance of being in the hunt for promotion from Division Two of the County Championship.
The continued development and improvement of Kent’s younger stars will also be key to a better 2015.
Adam Riley usurped James Tredwell as the county’s first choice spinner in the longer format of the game this year, forcing the England international to seek four-day cricket with
The 22-year-old’s stock will continue to rise and with it will come more wickets for Kent.
Meanwhile runs came flooding from the bats of Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings in the County Championship and Royal London One-Day Cup respectively.
It was the return of 50-over cricket that provided the Spitfires with their best chance of
Billings’ accumulation of 458 runs – at a whopping average of 114.50 – was the best in the country and fired Kent on their way to an away semi-final against Warwickshire.
Yet Rob Key’s side failed to reach the competition decider as they lost at Edgbaston by six wickets.
The club yet again failed to escape Division Two of the County Championship finishing sixth in the bottom tier of four-day cricket.
There was optimism in the latter stages of the summer when Kent looked as though they could close in on Hampshire and Worcestershire with games in hand.
However, a loss to Essex proved pivotal as their neighbours from across the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge push for promotion instead.
Next season, with all of their youngsters a year older and wiser, Kent will be hoping to return to Division One for the first time since 2010 whilst any limited overs success
would be an added bonus.
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