Kent appoint Matt Walker and Allan Donald as the county’s new coaches

Matt Walker is Kent Cricket’s new head coach with Allan Donald as his assistant.

Walker takes over a side containing England’s Sam Billings and a raft of young talent

Walker, 43, spent 16 of his 19-year playing career at Kent, scoring more than 12,000 first class runs and top-scored in Kent’s Twenty20 Cup Final win in 2007. He holds Kent’s record individual score at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, 275 not out against Somerset in 1996.

“Having grown up as a Kent player and played 16 seasons for this great county, I am extremely honoured and proud to be offered the Head Coach role,” Walker said. “We have an exciting and talented squad that I believe is capable of challenging across all three formats. I am relishing this opportunity and will work with Sam Northeast and Allan Donald to bring success to the club.”

He will be joined by former South Africa fast bowler Donald, 50, who has worked at Warwickshire and enjoyed coaching spells with the Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England national teams.

Donald, who has also coached at Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, said: “I would like to thank the club for giving me this opportunity to work with this very talented group as the assistant coach.

“I look forward to working closely with Matt Walker and Sam Northeast in forming a very tight relationship as we plot our way through the season,” Donald said. “There is no doubt that I’m pumped for the new season ahead and can’t wait to meet all the players and backroom staff.”


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