Monday 24 February 2014 

Redfern, Bollinger Agree County Deals

Dan Redfern drives
Dan Redfern unfurls one of his trademark cover drives.
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Doug Bollinger bowls
Doug Bollinger could prove a shrewd signing by Kent to lead their bowling attack in Division Two.
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Former Derbyshire batsman Dan Redfern has signed a two-year contract with Leicestershire as the club continue to look to rebuild following a terrible 2013 season that saw them go winless in the LV= County Championship. They announced the signing of former Nottinghamshire and Kent seamer Charlie Shreck earlier this year, while Ramnaresh Sarwan will again be their overseas player.

Redfern, a left-handed batsmen and off-spinner, was released by Derbyshire at the end of 2013 just one year into a three-year contract by “mutual consent”. He had endured a torrid 2013 season and there were hints that off-field issues may also have played their part.

Redfern is therefore thankful for the chance given him by Leicestershire, saying, “I am grateful to Phil Whitticase and his staff for this opportunity and look forward to the challenge ahead.”

Whitticase himself added of his new charge: “We are really pleased to welcome Dan to Grace Road, he will be a great addition for us. Dan is a quality young top-order batsman, he is excellent in the field and also bowls good off-spin, so we are delighted to have him on board.”

Not yet 24, Redfern has a wealth of experience in the county game and has long been earmarked for great things. He made his first-team debut for Derbyshire in 2006, but averages less than 30 with the bat in first-class cricket from 70 games and less than 20 from 43 one-day games.

However, he has undoubted talent and could well prove an inspired signing by Leicestershire, who, with a fully-fit Jigar Naik to lead a spin attack that also includes England Under-19 Rob Sayer; Charlie Shreck to lead a young seam-attack; Ben Raine as an all-rounder to add balance to the side; and Sarwan’s anticipated increased availability, should have a much better 2014.

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Kent have confirmed the signing of Australian left-arm seamer Doug Bollinger for the 2014 season. The 32 year-old is expected to be available to play for the county in all forms of cricket throughout the season after not being bought in the latest IPL auction and will bolster a seam-attack that is without Charlie Shreck.

Bollinger will almost certainly do better for Kent in 2014 than he did for Worcestershire when he last played county cricket in 2007. Back then he managed only 16 wickets at an average of 44.56 from seven Championship games. Since then he has gone onto represent Australia in all three forms of the game and was part of some of the Test squads for this winter’s Ashes series without making the starting eleven.

Bollinger said of his new deal: “I am very excited about the opportunity to play with Kent. I feel I am bowling as well as I ever have, and look forward to being able to contribute both on and off the field. I have had quite a few chats with Jimmy Adams and can’t wait to get over there and rip in."

Kent Cricket Head Coach, Jimmy Adams added: “We are all excited and pleased to have Doug coming to Kent for the 2014 season. Doug is an extremely talented player who is bringing a wealth of experience, having performed successfully at all levels and across all formats. We are confident he will make a positive contribution to Kent cricket in the season ahead.”

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