Justin Kemp vacates Claremont Cricket Club head coach role

File image: Justin Kemp.

Former South African all-rounder Justin Kemp has vacated the role of Claremont Cricket Club head coach.

Kemp relinquished the position due to additional professional commitments elsewhere, but will remain involved with Claremont Cricket Club on a consultancy basis.

The 41-year-old Kemp, who played four Tests, 85 ODIs and eight T20Is between 2001 and 2017, held the post since 2016, after Claremont Cricket Club were promoted to the Western Province Cricket Association premier league.

Last month saw Claremont Cricket Club name veteran county cricketer Darren Stevens captain for the 2018-19 season. Stevens has succeeded former captain James Cameron-Dow, who has moved to Ireland.

This will not be the stalwart seamer’s first club cricket experience in Cape Town. Stevens, indeed, played for Pinelands Cricket Club several seasons ago.

Batsman Keenan Bowers, meanwhile, has rejoined Claremont Cricket Club from St Augustine Cricket Club. His brother, JJ Bowers, has also left St Augustine Cricket Club for Strandfontein Cricket Club.

Claremont Cricket Club occupied fifth position in 2017-18’s 12-team premier league standings, prior to the season’s closure due to water shortages in Cape Town. They managed victories over Cape Town Cricket Club, Milnerton Cricket Club, Rondebosch Cricket Club, Langa Cricket Club and the University of the Western Cape Cricket Club.

Further afield, batsman Harry Came has been awarded a contract at Hampshire – and the left-handed Billy Root has left Nottinghamshire for Glamorgan. Came and Root previously spent stints at Claremont Cricket Club during the United Kingdom winter.