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Joe Denly, Martin van Jaarsveld and coach Paul Farbrace leave Kent

Joe Denly, Paul Farbrace and Martin van Jaarsveld
Denly, Farbrace and van Jaarsveld's departures were announced on Wednesday

Kent batsmen Joe Denly and Martin van Jaarsveld have both left the county.

Ex-England one-day player Denly, 25, has joined Middlesex, while Van Jaarsveld, 37, has signed for FLt20 champions Leicestershire.

Kent have also parted company with director of cricket Paul Farbrace after two years in the role.

In 2010, Kent were relegated from the top tier of the County Championship, before finishing second bottom of Division Two in 2011.

JOE DENLY FACTFILE
Kent debut: 2004
First-class runs: 4,658 (avg 35.02)
One-day runs: 2,046 (avg 34.10)
Twenty20 runs: 1,723 (avg 28.24)

Canterbury-born Denly, still considered a possible future England Test opening batsman, first played for Kent in 2004 after coming through the county's academy system.

In 2009 he was called up to England's one-day squad and has played nine one-day internationals and five Twenty20 internationals but his last appearance for his country came in February 2010.

Denly told the club website : "A large part of me is very sad to be leaving Kent. As a local lad who's come through the system I expected to play my whole career here.

"This is an important stage of my career, however, and I'm really excited about the move to Middlesex. They are a club on the up as shown by their recent promotion to Division One.

"I'm committed to becoming the best player I can possibly be and firmly believe the environment at Middlesex will help me achieve that and one day resurrect my prospects at international level."

South African Van Jaarsveld joined Kent in 2005 and was awarded his county cap the same year. He played 110 first class matches for Kent, scoring 8,028 runs at an average of 46.67, in addition he held 189 catches. In one-day and Twenty20 cricket he scored 5,431 runs.

Van Jaarsveld had one year left on his contract but requested to be released a year early.

Kent chairman of cricket Graham Johnson said the county was sad to see both players leave.

He said: "Martin approached the club at the end of the season with a desire to be released from contract and, after much consideration, the club decided to agree to that request.

"Joe developed through the Kent system. He was the first "product" of the Kent Cricket Academy. The club had hoped to keep him but he decided it was time for a fresh challenge."

Farbrace was keen to emphasise the potential Kent have to recover from the county's current slump,

"It's been a tough time for everybody at Kent cricket," he said.

"But there's been some really good things. I think the ground redevelopment has kicked on.

"There's a lot of good young players at Kent and they have had the opportunity to play. I want the club to move forward and do well. I want the club to be up there and challenging for honours."



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