Riley makes Kent departure
Riley makes Kent departure

Adam Riley has left Kent Cricket by mutual consent after nine seasons at the county.

Since making his debut in 2011, the Sidcup-born spinner originally provided good competition for James Tredwell, taking 14 Championship wickets in his debut season at an impressive average of 25.79 and also claiming career best figures of 7-150 against Hampshire.

He also made regular appearances in the Kent Spitfires white-ball sides, representing the county in over 100 matches in all formats.

He broke through as first-choice spinner in four-day cricket in 2014: taking 48 wickets in 15 County Championship appearances.

His consistent displays were rewarded with a call-up to the England Performance Programme for a batting and spin camp in Sri Lanka and subsequently made his England Lions debut against South Africa A in Bloemfontein in February 2015.

Most recently he contributed 10 wickets in the final few games of the 2018 County Championship campaign where Kent secured promotion into Division One.

The loan signing of Ollie Rayner from Middlesex appeared to have signalled the end of Riley’s time at Kent and with Imran Qayyum ahead of him in the pecking order after James Tredwell’s retirement, it came as no real surprise that the spinner was to leave.

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