Thomas to make Kent departure
Thomas to make Kent departure

Seamer Ivan Thomas has left Kent Cricket Club after nine years of service.

Thomas, 29, departs with 73 appearances and 112 wickets to his name from his time at the club, having made his first-class debut in 2012 after graduating from the Kent Cricket Academy in 2011.

His best figures during that time, 5/91, came against Leicestershire in 2018, when he finished the match with 9/125.

Thomas also enjoyed a successful 2018 season, taking 24 wickets from 11 games at an average of 26.25.

‘Big Red’ unfortunately suffered a serious ligament injury at the end of the 2018 season, resulting in him missing Kent’s whole campaign the following year.

He returned against Essex in this year’s Bob Willis Trophy, taking 4/32 in the final innings, but he will now leave the club he has called home for several years.

Upon his departure, Thomas said: “Thank you to everyone who has made it possible for me to spend the last decade at the club. Not just the players and coaches, but the office staff, ground staff and the members and supporters too.

“I am gutted that I could not have spent another decade here, but I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given.

“Playing a role in the Championship promotion season in 2018 will be a highlight of my time at Kent, and I hope the team can go on to win Division One in the near future.

“The squad looks in an incredible place with every potential of winning trophies in all formats, and I wish the all of Kent lads the best of luck going forward.

“I am looking forward to the next step in my career.”

Kent Director of Cricket Paul Downton added: “We would like to thank Ivan for his contributions in a Kent shirt over the past nine years.

“He has been a hugely popular and valued member of the dressing room throughout his time at Kent. He has been particularly unlucky with injuries which kept him off the field for long periods of time.

“I would especially like to thank Ivan on behalf of the players for all his hard work as their representative to the PCA.

“We wish Ivan the very best success in the future.”