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    Kent signs overseas cover for Sheffield Shield winner Stobo
Kent signs overseas cover for Sheffield Shield winner Stobo
Charlie Stobo celebrates a breakthrough. Source: Getty Images

Kent signs overseas cover for Sheffield Shield winner Stobo

Kent has signed Charlie Stobo, a Sheffield Shield-winning seamer with Western Australia, as overseas fast bowling cover for Wes Agar, Xavier Bartlett, and Beyers Swanepoel.

Stobo, 29, has taken 55 first-class wickets at 24.98 and has signed a contract from 20 May to 16 September covering all formats of the game. The ECB changed its rules last year to allow counties to register up to four overseas players at a time, with two allowed in the playing XI in each of the County Championship, Metro Bank Cup, and Vitality Blast.

While Stobo is uncapped at international level and has yet to make his T20 debut, he is eligible to play professionally in the UK thanks to an ancestral visa.

Kent was blindsided just before the start of the season when Cricket Australia changed the terms of Bartlett's No Objection Certificate, preventing him from playing in the Championship. They have since made two signings to cover for his absence, with South African seamer Swanepoel expected to join the squad ahead of Friday's Championship match at Lancashire.

Agar, who was rested for Kent's loss to Surrey with a niggle, is available until the end of July and Bartlett will play the first eight Blast group games. Swanepoel is expected to be available in all formats until the end of the season in late September.

Kent said in a statement that both Stobo and Swanepoel will be available for the Metro Bank Cup campaign, which starts at the end of July.

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