Ollie Robinson agrees switch from Kent to Durham


Ollie Robinson, the wicketkeeper batter from Kent, has agreed on a three-year deal to join Durham from the end of the season.

Robinson, 23, made his debut in Kent in 2017 playing for England Lions but was loaned out to Durham earlier in the summer to get opportunities in T20 cricket, where he faced Sam Billings and Jordan Cox who topped him in the pecking order.

“We currently have two wicketkeepers who are in and around England’s senior teams, in Sam Billings and Jordan Cox, and Ollie Robinson has toured with England Lions,” said Kent’s cricket director, Paul Downton. “Kent has produced three fantastic wicketkeeper batters through the club’s academy over the past few years and at some point this situation would come to a head.

“From my own personal experience as a player, I understand Ollie’s decision to move clubs to ensure playing time. Of course we would prefer Ollie to stay with Kent, but he must do what is best for his career.”

“Ollie has been a brilliant servant to the club and he leaves with our very best wishes.”

Robinson has been Kent’s first-choice goalkeeper in the Championship since his breakthrough in 2019, when he scored the first of his four first-class hundreds for the club. This summer, he became only the fifth Englishman to score a List A of double hundred, as Robinson averaged 59.33 in the Royal London Cup.

He also scored 226 runs in 12 innings for Durham in the T20 Blast, including a career-best 56 against Yorkshire.

“I’m excited to be joining Durham Cricket from next season and beyond,” said Robinson. “Being part of the group during my loan period, I know how much quality the squad has, and I feel some exciting times are ahead.” , hopefully I can make some important contributions and help Durham win some trophies.

“I would like to thank all the staff on and off the pitch for making me feel so welcome earlier this season – looking forward to meeting everyone again and getting started. I think Durham is the right place is to help fulfill my goals and next season can’t come soon enough. I’m looking forward to seeing what the north has to offer.”

Durham’s cricket director, Marcus North, said: “We are delighted that Ollie has chosen to join Durham and that we have been able to sign one of the most talented and skilled wicketkeeper hitters in England.

“At just 23 years old, Ollie has already laid a great foundation in all formats of his game, and we look forward to nurturing this very exciting talent in the next phase of his career with Durham.

“This is the quality and skills we have been looking for and which will strengthen our squad of players in all formats. We look forward to rejoining him during the pre-season and the impact he will have on us next season and beyond. “