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Tim to join Kent

Somerset bowler Tim Groenewald will be leaving the Club to join Kent this winter.

The 35-year-old’s current two-year deal is due to expire this winter, but the decision has been taken to not renew the deal.

Tim joined Somerset from Derbyshire halfway through the 2014 season and went on to establish himself as an important member of the squad.

During his time with Somerset Tim took over 220 wickets for the Club across all formats.

Looking back on his time with Somerset, Tim said: “I’ve had the most incredible time here. Hands down it’s been the best period of my career. I’ve really enjoyed my time with Somerset, and I’ll be taking so many good memories with me.

“I look back on my time in Taunton with a lot of pride. The teammates that I’ve played with and the supporters have been superb, and it’s been great to see the ground develop as well. It’s been a really good journey.

“The thing that I love most about the Somerset supporters is their cricket knowledge. There aren’t many grounds around the world where the fans have so much knowledge and passion for the game. Somerset are extremely lucky because the atmosphere around the Club is excellent. There’s nowhere quite like Somerset and it’s a special place that I’m going to miss.”

Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “Tim has been the absolute model professional during his time with Somerset. He has been a consistent performer across all three formats of the game and has never given anything less than 100%.

“His love of the game and his pride in his performance is clear for all to see whenever he takes a wicket. He is a genuine team man and gives everything both on and off the field.

“We have a number of talented young bowlers in the squad now who are looking to make an impact and need the opportunity to play more. As a result, this would impact on Tim’s opportunities in the First XI. It has therefore been decided that it would be best for all concerned for him to start a new chapter of his career.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Tim and we all wish him the very best as he prepares for a new challenge at Kent County Cricket Club.”

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