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Kent award Ben Harmison new two-year deal

Ben Harmison: New contract with Kent

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Ben Harmison has signed a two-year extension to his contract with Kent.

Harmison moved to Canterbury from Durham last winter and had a poor season, averaging only 20 with the bat and struggling to establish himself in the first team.

"Hopefully something will click and I can be a big player for the club," said Harmison.

"They have given me another two years and want to keep the core strength of the squad together.

"The coach Jimmy Adams knows my strengths and I have a good attitude. I will be looking for a little break next season, to score runs and take wickets."

Harmison's scored just 325 runs in 12 innings, a run of scores which saw him dropped.

Harmison added: "I am a big lad and can take it, knowing there are other lads in the squad looking to push you out.

"It was a frustrating time for me because I had a good pre-season and perhaps I peaked too early. It was a new role batting at three, where before I had played as the all-rounder, going in at six."

Meanwhile, Kent have announced that Tony Pawson, the county's oldest surviving capped player, has passed away at the age of 91.

An entertaining batsman, Pawson played 43 matches for Kent between 1946 and 1953, scoring 2,100 runs at an average of 33.33.

He was also a highly-rated amateur footballer, representing England at the 1948 Olympic Games in London, and he was awarded an OBE in 1988 for services to angling.