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Kent secure Newman loan

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March 12, 2012

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Scott Newman made 49 for Middlesex against Kent, Middlesex v Kent, CB40, Lord's, May 2, 2011
Scott Newman will be batting for Kent, rather than against them, at the start of the season © Getty Images
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Kent have completed the loan signing of opening batsman Scott Newman from Middlesex for the first two months of the season.

Newman, who moved to Middlesex from Surrey in 2010, is effectively swapping positions with Joe Denly who left Kent for Middlesex over the winter. He will join the Kent squad for their pre-season tour of Antigua and be available until May 31 unless recalled by Middlesex.

Denly's arrival has given Middlesex plenty of top-order batting options and he is set to open in the County Championship. With Sam Robson likely to partner him having averaged 59 last year and Chris Rogers at No. 3, Newman's early-season chances could have been limited especially when Andrew Strauss is made available following the Sri Lanka tour.

Newman, though, is hoping the short-term switch can help him secure a first team place with Middlesex. "I am happy to have reached an agreement to play for Kent early in the season and am looking forward to helping get them off to a good start in the County Championship. That said my main goal is to work at getting back into the first eleven at Middlesex."

Angus Fraser, the managing director of cricket at Middlesex, said: "A player of Scott's experience needs to be playing first-class cricket and this gives him the perfect opportunity to do so, so it's a win-win situation for us."

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Posted by WilliamFranklin on (March 14, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Kent are in division two though so not direct competition in that format, especially as most of the matches in April and May will be county championship.

Posted by   on (March 13, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Can't help thinking this is somewhat bizarre. Play your opening batsmen back into form by letting him play for the opposition? Be interesting to see how it pans out.

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