Kent veteran Darren Stevens offered the chance to play county cricket after the age of forty-six, with the all-rounder getting a one-year extension following his excellent start to the campaign
- Veteran Darren Stevens, 45, has been offered a one-year extension by Kent
- The all-rounder has had a flying start to the campaign and is being rewarded
- Kent offered him a new contract for 2022 to continue playing county cricket
- He is the oldest player on the English domestic circuit since Eddie Hemmings
Darren Stevens has been given the chance to play county cricket after his 46th birthday after Kent offered the all-rounder a new contract for 2022.
Since he is in his 40s, the club has tended to wait until late in the season each year before discussing contract extensions, announcing two years ago that they would not be offering an extension ahead of a hasty turnaround in September.
However, after an excellent start to this campaign, they told him of their latest decision to extend his Canterbury stay ahead of the pending game against Northamptonshire in which he claimed the 31st five-wicket-haul of his first-class career.
Darren Stevens has been given the chance to play county cricket after his 46th birthday
Club insiders suggest that in 2021 Stevens is playing better than at any time in recent history and his County Championship stats confirm that.
His 423 runs include two hundred either side of turning 45 in April — making him the oldest to hit two in a season since Geoff Boycott in 1986 — while his 47 average puts him at the top of the Kent batsmen.
With the ball, his 24-wicket haul is twice as much as his teammates.
Stevens is the oldest player on the English domestic circuit since Eddie Hemmings last played for Sussex in 1995, aged 46 and 142 days.
The Kent veteran has had a flying start to the campaign and will be rewarded for it