Guest Coaches

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Neil Taylor

Our guest coach for the session is Neil Taylor. Neil played for Kent and then latterly Sussex for 19 years and scored almost 20,000 runs including 45 hundreds. Since retiring from playing Neil has worked extensively in the high performance arena, was formerly Director of Cricket at St Dunstan’s College and Epsom College and has managed Kent age group sides for many years. It will be a great opportunity to learn from all of his experience.


Simon Willis

Simon is High Performance Director for the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, having been Kent County Cricket Club’s High Performance Director for several years. Simon is one of the most highly regarded coaches in the country and plays an integral part in developing cricketers in Kent. He has overseen the progress of Kent’s finest young talent to emerge onto the professional scene in the last ten years.

Matt Walker

Matt spent most of his playing career with Kent County Cricket Club, and has since returned to the county following a brief stint as player and coach at Essex County Cricket Club. As a player he scored 12,917 first-class runs, including 28 centuries. He also holds the record for the highest ever individual Kent score at The Spitfire Ground, hitting 275 not out against Somerset in 1996. Matt was released by Kent in 2008 and spent two years playing for Essex, before replacing Graham Gooch as Batting Coach. In 2014 he returned to Kent as Assistant Head Coach and as of the 2017 season, will assume the role of Head Coach.

Philip Hudson

Phil has immense experience of developing cricketers to the highest level across the globe, having filled the position of ICC Regional Performance Officer for Europe for 10 years. He was England Deaf Head Coach for three years and is currently MCC Young Cricketers Assistant Coach, 1st Team Coach at Hurstpierpoint College and Sussex, County U14/U15 Head Coach. In his role with Sussex he has coached them to victory in the 2016 U15 Royal London Trophy.

Jon Batty

During his 18 year career Jon scored 20 first class centuries and as a wicketkeeper took 605 catches along with 68 catches. As captain of Surrey CCC in 2004 he was in charge of a team with a number of world class internationals. He is now Master in Charge of Cricket and Assistant Director of Sport at Caterham School.

Adam Riley

Adam developed through the Bexley District system and has made rapid progress since turning professional in 2011. He has figures championship best against Hampshire of 7-150 and has taken wickets regularly in all forms of the game. He was rewarded with an opportunity to train with the full England squad in 2014 and was a member of the Lions squad that recently returned from a successful trip to South Africa.

Roland Lefebvre

During a successful county career with Somerset then Glamorgan and an international career with the Netherlands Roland played with and against many of the finest players ever to have played the game.  Tendulkar, Richards, McGrath, Ponting etc.  As a player he represented the Netherlands in two 50 over world cups being captain in the 2002/3 tournament in South Africa.  Roland is now the High Performance Manager for the Dutch Lions and travels and works with the national side, recently returning from the World T20 in India.

Geraint Jones

Geraint Jones (MBE) has played 34 Test Matches for England and was famously the wicket-keeper during the pulsating 2005 Ashes series. His catch to take the last wicket during the Edgbaston Test of that series to allow England to win by two runs remains one of the most memorable moments in Ashes cricket battles. Having scored a Test Match hundred as well as fifteen other first class centuries he continues the history of very fine wicket-keeper batsmen to have represented Kent and England. As of 2015 Geraint has been the cricket coach at Brentwood School.

Mark Lane

Mark is one of the most respected coaches in the country. He is currently Director of the Middlesex CC Central Academy promoting elite club players into the county system. Prior to this for five years he was England Women’s Head Coach, winning both the world cup and world T20 as well as defending the Ashes.

Phil Relf

Phil is the former Kent County Cricket Club first team assistant coach. He holds the English Cricket Board (ECB) Level 4 coaching qualification and has previously worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board, including a spell spent in research at the New Zealand Cricket High Performance Centre.

His role at the ECB involved managing a national education programme for Level 3 coaches before he became the academy director and second XI coach at Kent in 2007.

The trained PE teacher is currently the Director of Sport at The Canterbury Academy where he applies his analytical skills to boost sports performance and use his coaching expertise to develop the talents of academy youngsters.

As well as a successful career as a Kent Premier League batsman he also has football experience and played in the Kent League for Chatham, Whitstable and Folkestone Invicta, as well as representing England Universities.

Martin Saggers

After topping the first class wicket tally in 2002 Martin was subsequently selected for England and took a wicket with his very first ball in a home test match vs New Zealand. After retiring with more than 400 first class wickets in 2009 he has trained as an umpire and is on the ECB first class panel.

Jimmy Adams

Jimmy Adams is Director Cricket for the West Indies, having spent five years as Head Coach of Kent County Cricket Club. He had a distinguished international career representing the West Indies. Jimmy played over fifty Test Matches and over 100 ODI’s. A left handed top order batsman who also bowled left-arm spin, kept wicket and captained his country, Jimmy truly has vast experience to bring to cricketers across Kent.

George Wells

George has been one of the finest players in the Kent Premier League for a number of years, having scored eight Kent League centuries in that time. He has scored over 8000 runs, taken over 200 wickets and 145 catches for Bexley CC. Until recently George was Leadership and Coaching Manager for the Tower Hamlets Youth Sport Foundation developing many young cricketers along the way.

Jason Benn

Jason is currently captain of Bexley CC in the Kent Premier League. Jason played representative cricket in his native Guyana before joining Bexley CC as their overseas professional and alongside this role he qualified as a PE teacher. He is currently director of cricket at Dartford Grammar School. He has taken 155 Premier League wickets.

Darren Stevens

With has scored almost 14,000 first class runs and taken 358 first class wickets, Darren is a genuine all-rounder. Add to this his renowned power hitting that makes him one of the country’s most dangerous limited over cricketers and Darren was the ideal signing for Kent when he moved from Leicestershire at the end of 2004.

Darren has not only represented England Lions but his destructive hitting has earnt him call-ups to T20 cricket in both Bangladesh and New Zealand. With a 31 first class hundreds Darren knows how to score runs and take wickets in all formats of the game and was unusually voted Kent’s best bowler, batsman and player in 2013.

Adam Ball

Adam has just returned to begin pre-season at Kent following an excellent off-season as an overseas player in South Africa. He is a very dynamic player in all forms of the game and we look forward to him sharing his experience that includes playing in two U19 world cups for England, the second in 2012 as captain.

Daniel Bell-Drummond.

At the age of 23 Daniel has scored more than 6,000 runs as an opening batsman, while representing Kent and the England Lions. Last season he posted career best scores in First-class cricket, List A cricket and T20 cricket.

Adam Taylor

As Kent Countyricket’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Adam is integral to keeping the county’s best cricketers in the best physical condition.

Yasir Arafat

Representation for six professional counties and Pakistan at all levels of the game gives Yasir an extremely wide font of knowledge.Yasir still tours the world as a T20 specialist and the players will benefit greatly from his experience.

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