Dexter loaned to Essex
Kent batsman heads to Chelmsford for a month
Last Updated: June 9, 2008 5:46pm
Dexter: loaned to Essex
Essex have taken Neil Dexter on a month's loan from Kent.
"As someone who also bowls and is an excellent fielder we see him as a 'like for like' replacement for Ravi."
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The South African-born batsman, 23, scored a century during Kent's FP Trophy quarter-final win over Somerset last Thursday.
But he has found opportunities limited at Canterbury this season and has now gone out on loan in search of more regular first-team action.
"We are delighted that we are able to give Neil the opportunity to play first team cricket with Essex," Kent director of cricket Graham Ford told the club's official website.
"We recognise that opportunities for him so far this season have been limited.
"The loan system will enable Neil to play first team cricket for Essex during the Twenty20 competition and we wish him every success."
Essex first-team coach Paul Grayson explained his county's need for Dexter, saying: "From our point of view we are going to lose Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook (to England) after our first Twenty20 Cup match, so we need to bring in a new batsman to freshen things up.
"Neil's clearly in form so we are delighted to have his services for a month.
"I saw a lot of him during my days as second XI coach and he's an exciting, hungry young player.
"As someone who also bowls and is an excellent fielder we see him as a 'like for like' replacement for Ravi.
"It's no secret that we've been struggling for runs lately and the time has come for us to be pro-active in the loan market."
The terms of the deal mean Dexter cannot play for Essex against his employers and can be recalled to Canterbury at any time should the need arise.