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Kent struggling without James Tredwell - Rob Key

James Tredwell
Tredwell is in the Caribbean as cover for Graeme Swann

Kent captain Rob Key has admitted his side are struggling in the absence of spinner James Tredwell.

Tredwell, 28, is on England duty for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean while Kent are yet to record their first win of the season.

Their Championship game at Essex ended in a draw, as they failed to bowl out the home side on the final day.

"You just felt that having someone like Treddy would have made a massive difference," Key told BBC Radio Kent.

"To be fair we probably wouldn't have had that sort of wicket if Treddy had been with us.

"They realised that we only had part-time spin and they had Danish Kaneria so they left it pretty dry.

He may be out for a couple of weeks at least as he's struggling to walk at the moment

Rob Key on James Hockley

"You never know what would have happened but with an out-and-out spinner, I think it would have been a different story."

Key had to turn to batsmen Joe Denly, Martin Van Jaarsveld and James Hockley to try and find some spin in Essex's second innings, but Hockley picked up a hamstring injury and is expected to miss the next few games.

"We were really unlucky," said Key. "James Hockley - it was really sad for him and for us because he looked like he was playing really well, he managed to get a wicket in his first over.

"He looked like he was really able to trouble them.

"Unfortunately he went down with a hamstring and it looked pretty bad. He may be out for a couple of weeks at least as he's struggling to walk at the moment.

"And then we struggled a bit on a wicket that we thought might go up and down a bit for the seamers but just got pretty slow.

"You just felt that if we'd had Hockers there - he was really starting to get some spin and bounce and he looked very threatening - so it's a real shame that we lost him and it's just bad luck."

Sri-Lankan leg-spinner Malinga Bandara is due to join Kent as their overseas player later this year but he is not set to arrive until the second half of the season.

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