Shepherd to serve as Kent president

Former Kent and West Indies all-rounder John Shepherd has been named as the county’s president for next summer in succession to the club’s one-time treasurer, Alister Dunning.

The popular Bajan, who has recently enjoyed a captaincy stint at Herne Bay Golf Club, served Kent with distinction for 15 years between 1966 and 1981, appearing in 303 first-class games. Shepherd said: “I have enjoyed a wonderful association with Kent for many years, so am thrilled and honoured by my appointment.”

A lusty, big-hitter when the opportunity arose, he scored 9,401 runs at 26.33 and, when sending down his slippery medium-pace, chipped in with a magnificent 832 wickets at an average of 26.56.

Shepherd, who hails from Belleplaine, scored eight centuries for the county with a career-best 170 against Northamptonshire, at Folkestone, in 1968, as the highlight. His top bowling performance was achieved in 1975 against Sussex at Maidstone, with match figures of 15-147.

He went on to win five Tests caps, the first three of them against England in 1969, and after retiring became cricket professional at Eastbourne College in Sussex for seven years.

Welcoming his appointment, Dunning, said: “He was a popular player, someone I enjoyed watching immensely, and I wish him every success for the year ahead.”

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