All-rounder Darren Stevens has joined Derbyshire on loan from Kent for the Falcons’ upcoming T20 Blast campaign. The 43-year-old veteran has featured in eight Championship matches for Kent so far this season, although he has not participated in the Twenty20 tournament for the past two years.
However, Stevens has vast experience of T20 cricket, having played in 208 matches in his career, scoring 3,970 runs at an average of 26.82 and taking 114 wickets. He helped Leicestershire win the Twenty20 Cup in 2004 and also triumphed with Kent in 2007, while he helped Dhaka Gladiators to victory in the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s opening T20 Blast game of 2019 against Yorkshire, Derbyshire head of cricket Dave Houghton told BBC Radio Derby: “Whenever we played against Kent, the one person you didn’t want to see there was Darren Stevens. “To be able to get someone like Darren on a free loan from Kent is absolute class for us.” “He remains very much part of our plans in Championship cricket for the rest of the season,” added Kent director of cricket Paul Downton.