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Simon Cook

Cook was a key part of Kent Spitfires’ one-day plans in the 2008 season, without ever setting the world on fire.

Cook, born in Oxford, first came to the attention of Middlesex while playing in a representative match against Warwickshire, a match which was seen as an opportunity for Andrew Strauss to impress them.

In the end both signed for the county and Cook was soon opening the bowling with his hero Angus Fraser.

In 2002 he enjoyed his best season after the retirement of Fraser and impressed with a match haul of 8-63 against Northamptonshire on a good batting track.

Two years later he was Middlesex’s leading wicket taker in the totesport League with 39 wickets at an average of 15.35, but he decided his future would be better served elsewhere at the end of the 2004 campaign and signed a two-year deal with Kent.

In his first season at his new county he was the club's leading wicket-taker in the totesport League with 19 and took 41 in the Frizzell County Championship.

2007 saw him help Kent to the Twenty20 Cup, with 17 wickets - the most by any bowler in the competition.

He also took 22 wickets in the LV County Championship and recorded a best score of 50 not out.

He had scant first-class opportunities in 2008. He was an ever-present in Twenty20 but his returns were diminished from the previous year, taking 11 wickets at 34.

He also had a number of outings in the Friends Provident Trophy, but Yasir Arafat’s departure could open up more chances in 2009.