Joe Denly commits long-term future to Kent

Joe Denly in action for Kent
Joe Denly has committed his long-term future to Kent
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Opening batsman Joe Denly has signed a long-term contract extension with Kent which will keep him at the Canterbury-based club for the foreseeable future.

A graduate of Kent's academy, Denly made his debut for the county in 2004 and was the first Canterbury-born player to be capped by the club when he was honoured in 2008.

Denly returned to club in 2014 after a three-season spell with Middlesex, since when he has enjoyed a good run of form.

This season he has scored seven half-centuries and three centuries in all forms of the game, including a career best of 206 not out in the Specsavers County Championship.

"I am enjoying my cricket as much as I ever have and feel I'm entering my prime years as a batsman," Denly told the club's official website (www.kentcricket.co.uk).

"I look forward to contributing towards hopefully bringing silverware back to The Spitfire Ground over the next few years."

His runs have this season helped Kent into the quarter-finals of the Royal London One-Day Cup, where they take on Yorkshire on Thursday, and they are in the hunt for promotion from Division Two of the County Championship.

Denly has now scored more than 12,000 runs for Kent in over 300 senior games and Kent CCC chief executive Jamie Clifford is pleased that he will remain at the club for some time to come.

"Joe is a core member of our side in all formats and we are delighted that he has committed his future to the club," he said.

"He is extremely popular with members and supporters and I am sure he will play a big part in helping deliver the success we all crave."

In addition to his time with Kent, Denly has played nine One-Day and five Twenty20 Internationals for England.

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