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Kent bring in Australian seamer
Kent bring in Australian seamer

Kent Cricket have announced the signing of Australian seamer Charlie Stobo for the majority of the rest of the 2024 season.

The bowler will be with Kent from 20th May until 16th September, subject to regulatory approval.

A Sheffield Shield winner in 2023/4 with Western Australia, Stobo is a tall right-arm medium-fast bowler with 55 first-class wickets in 18 matches to-date, with a bowling average of 24.98.

He is known for his accuracy and ability to swing the new ball, being able bowl for long periods, and bat in the lower-middle-order.

The 29-year-old has also featured for multiple sides in Australia’s One-Day Cup, and will be available for Kent across all formats during his time as a Spitfire.

On joining Kent, Stobo said: “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play for Kent, which is an exciting new challenge for me.

“I’m looking forward to linking up with a few lads that I know already, join a bit of an Aussie takeover with Wes Agar already there and Xavier Bartlett set to join soon, and being a part of a squad with a lot of talent.”

Kent’s Director of Cricket, Simon Cook, said: “We’ve been keeping a track on Charlie for a while now and we’re very pleased that we’ve been able to get him on board for a substantial part of our season.

“We’ve identified that he has the attributes that that will be successful at Canterbury and will add to our squad depth and give us the ability to rotate players, especially bowlers, to better manage their workloads and get the optimum out of everybody.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Charlie as a Spitfire, and we’re confident that he can make good contributions for us across all formats.”

Fellow Australians Wes Agar (until end of July) and Xavier Bartlett (first eight Vitality Blast matches) will also be available for Kent during Stobo’s time at the county. Beyers Swanepoel, the fast-bowling all-rounder from South Africa, will also be joining Kent from May 7th until the end of the season.