Kent wicket-keeper batter Ollie Robinson has penned a three-year contract with Durham and will join the county club from the end of the season. The English cricketer made his Kent debut in 2017 and played for England Lions.
He played for Durham in the T20 Blast earlier this season. Robinson went on loan to Durham due to fierce competition for wicket-keeper batters at Kent. He had to compete with the likes of Sam Billings and Jordan Cox, both of whom are already above him in the pecking order.
Robinson fared pretty well for Durham in the T20 Blast, having managed to score 226 runs in 12 innings. His best score of 56 came against Yorkshire. The 23-year-old will be playing for Durham from the next county season.
“We currently have two wicketkeepers who are in and around senior England squads. In Sam Billings and Jordan Cox, and Ollie Robinson has toured with England Lions,” Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, said. “Kent has produced three fantastic wicketkeeper-batters through the club’s academy in recent years, and at some stage, this situation was going to come to a head.
“From my own personal experience as a player, I can understand Ollie’s decision to move clubs to guarantee playing time. Of course, we would prefer that Ollie stayed at Kent, but he has to do what is best for his career.
“Ollie has been a brilliant servant to the club, and he leaves with our very best wishes.”
It is worth mentioning that Robinson has been the most preferred batter for Kent in the Championship, following his outstanding performance during the 2019 season. He fared well this season and also became only the fifth player to score a List-A double-hundred.
“I’m thrilled to be joining Durham Cricket from next season and beyond,” Robinson said. “Having been a part of the group during my loan stint I know how much quality the squad possesses, and I feel there are some exciting times ahead, hopefully, I can make some major contributions and help Durham win some trophies.
“I want to thank all the staff on and off the field for making me feel so welcome earlier this season – I look forward to meeting up with everyone again and getting down to business. I feel Durham is the right place for me to help fulfil my goals and next season can’t come fast enough. I’m looking forward to seeing what the north has to offer.”