All-rounder Darren Stevens has signed a one-year contract extension with Kent Cricket, the County Club announced on Thursday.
The 45-year-old joined Kent in 2005. Ever since then, he has remained a key player of the club. He went to play 600 matches for the county club across all the formats of the game. During the course, he has amassed over 21,000 runs and clinched 800 wickets for the county since his debut.
He has been in impeccable form this summer. He scored 423 runs at an average of 47, including two centuries, while picking up 26 wickets in eight matches at an average of 19.65. His 190 off only 149 balls against Glamorgan was his most stellar performance. He is also the leading wicket-taker of this season, with 26 wickets under his belt.
Last year, the right-armer became the first Kent player in the Club’s history to have scored over 1,000 runs while also taking 100 wickets in each format. Ahead of the 2021 season, he entered the list of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.
Since the second half of 2019, he has played all of the Club’s 19 first-class matches played. In these games scored 962 runs at an average of 40.10, including two tons and one double century. Furthermore, he clinched 91 wickets at an average of 15.30, including 10 five-wicket hauls.
“I’m thrilled to commit to another season with Kent and continuing my really good form,” Darren Stevens said on the extension of his contract.
“I’ve worked hard to continue to earn my place in the Kent playing XI across all formats this year, and I’m feeling fit and strong to continue to make more contributions as a Kent player.
“There’s a great group of lads here and we’re all focused on delivering good performances and winning more games of cricket for Kent.”
Kent’s Director of Cricket, Paul Downton, said, “Darren continues to be an invaluable member of the Kent team and I’m delighted that he will be with us for another season in 2022.
“Darren’s skills are very underrated. Over the last couple of seasons, the pitches at Canterbury have regularly achieved the top mark of ‘Very Good’, which has seen Darren become even more effective as a bowler. He has also worked really hard on his batting to trust his defence again. The results have been spectacular.
“The fact that he has worked his way back into our Vitality Blast team for the first time in four years is a huge testament to his hunger to keep improving and his desire to keep on playing the game he loves.
“’Stevo’ has rightly earned his hero status amongst not only Kent Members and supporters, but fans of cricket in general, and I’m sure this news will be greeted with the congratulations it deserves.”