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Essex bowler Tony Palladino makes loan switch to Kent

Tony Palladino
Palladino has taken 102 first-class wickets in his seven-year career

Essex fast bowler Tony Palladino has joined injury-hit Kent on a one-month loan deal.

The 26-year-old is looking for regular first-team action.

Palladino made his first appearance of the season for Essex on Friday, with 3-91 in the tour game against Bangladesh at Chelmsford.

Palladino said: "I am very much looking forward to pulling on a Kent shirt and I hope I can contribute to more success for the club."

Kent, already without England Twenty20 spinner James Tredwell, have now lost James Hockley because of a hamstring injury.

And Kent coach Paul Farbrace currently has no pace bowling cover beyond overseas pair Azhar Mahmood and Makhaya Ntini, along with Amjad Khan.


"I spoke to Paul Farbrace and he's picking from 12 players at the moment, 13 when Tredwell gets back, so he said it would be good to have another bowler on board," added Palladino.

"Playing with Ntini and Mahmood will be a great learning experience.

"And I hope to take the chance to push my way back into the Essex side.

Palladino, who clean-bowled his first two victims during the first day of play against Bangladesh, conceded: "There was a bit of help out there and it was swinging a bit but it was good to get some overs under my belt. And I quite like bowling to lefties when it's swinging."

The East Londoner was not the only Essex paceman to impress against Bangladesh.

Jamaica-born Maurice Chambers took 4-32, while Max Osborne picked up a couple of scalps on his first-class debut.

Mohammed Ashraful top-scored with 58 in his side's all-out total of 231 and by the close, Essex had replied with 83-2 - John Maunders hitting an unbeaten 54.

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