County news December 19, 2011

Ben Harmison moves to Kent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ben Harmison, the former Durham batsman, has signed for Kent. He was released by Durham at the end of last season after seven years at the Riverside.

The brother of former England bowler Steve, Harmison made his first-class debut in 2006 and played in seven County Championship matches that summer. But he failed to maintain a permanent place in the side as Durham won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009.

He was released at the end of the 2011 season having scored 1,488 first-class runs at 26.10 and taken 33 wickets at 34.66.

Kent have now signed a second batsman, after bringing in former Glamorgan player Michael Powell, to replace Joe Denley, who left for Middlesex, and Martin van Jaarsveld, who retired having initially signed for Leicestershire.

"I cannot wait to get down to Kent and start training with the squad," said Harmison. "I look forward to an exciting 2012 season. This is a great opportunity to continue my career with a county hungry for success."

Kent chairman of cricket, Graham Johnson, said Harmison offers a lot with both bat and ball. "He has a point to prove about making the best of his undoubted ability and we look forward to helping him do that."

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  • Adam on December 21, 2011, 16:53 GMT

    Will certainly get more game time down there. Seems a bit of shambles at the moment.

  • david on December 21, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    very true landl47. but they seem to pull world beaters out of the state cricket which gives them the high position of 4th or is it 5th in the icc league table. dpk

  • Randolph on December 21, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    Gilly should fly over and put this guy out of his misery. End his career like he has done with half a dozen other English bowlers.

  • John on December 21, 2011, 4:58 GMT

    He should move to Australia. With Dan Christian looking likely to play his first test with career figures similar to Ben's, he'd have a chance of making the Aussie test side instead of struggling to hold down a county spot in England.

  • Dummy4 on December 20, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Hope Ben can make it at Kent, he will get more chances there and at Div2 standard as well.

    p.s Randy OZ I think that comment is just perfect coming from you,lol!

  • Alan on December 20, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    @ RandyOZ: You are thinking of Steve Harmison, not Ben Harmison. That would appear a very basic mistake to someone who knows about English cricket: it would seem rather like it would to you if an England fan accused Steve and not Mark Waugh of being fined along with Shane Warne for passing illegal information to a bookmaker in 1998. Obviously Ben Harmison isn't quite like his brother ... moving as far south as Kent would be a bit difficult for Steve, with his tendency to homesickness. Somewhat depressing to read Steve described as a 'former England' bowler: It's sad to mark the passing of his international career, he was very entertaining (somehow I think I'm with you on that one, Randy ...)

  • Randolph on December 20, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Wonder if he can hit second slip first ball here too! Haha!

  • Oh on December 20, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    They should back their own all-rounders like Ball, Blake and Tredwell. Ball could be the new Wasim Akram.

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