Davies completes Kent move
Seamer Mark Davies has joined Kent from Durham.
The 31-year old, who earned an England call to South Africa in December 2009, impressed as a trialist on Kent’s pre-season tour to Antigua this month.
Davies’ career has been hampered by injuries, one of which saw him miss the second half of last season.
Davies, who has 352 first-class wickets at 22.63, won the LV= County Championship in 2008 and 2009. However, injury and competition for places limited his 2010 participation and denied him first-team action last year.
New Kent head coach Jimmy Adams, who two weeks ago signed West Indies batsman Brendan Nash as overseas player for this season, said: “We are very happy to announce that Mark Davies will be joining the club soon after Brendan Nash’s signing. They both arrive as experienced players who will undoubtedly add tremendous value to Kent Cricket.”
Davies said: "I’m really excited to be playing cricket, and thrilled to have signed my contract with Kent. I hope both myself and the team will find success in all forms of the game this season.”
He added: “Being part of Durham CCC for the past 15 years, coming through the academy and into the senior squad, has been a major part of my life and obviously I am sad to leave. But, the time was right to set myself a new challenge and I’m excited about what the future holds at Kent.
“I’d like to thank everyone at Durham, including our members, for their continued support and wish them luck for 2012.“
Durham chief executive David Harker said: “We are really pleased that Mark’s trial with Kent was successful, in that he will now get the opportunity he deserves to play first XI cricket. Mark has been a great ambassador for Durham CCC, on and off the field, and we wish him the very best for the future.“
Davies is Kent’s seventh winter signing, the second from Durham after Ben Harmison.