Armagh sign Alexander Kok as overseas professional

Armagh have announced the signing of South African Alexander Kok as their overseas professional for the 2020 Section One season.

Kok will replace Rohit Karanjkar at The Mall next season, with the 21-year-old used to batting in the top order mixed with handy off-spin.

Karanjkar scored 453 runs in his only season with Armagh at an average of 32.36 and picked up 23 wickets in total.

Kok currently plays for Delfos CC in the Gauteng Premier League and at Provincial level for Mpumalanga, who he recently represented at the CSA Provincial T20 Cup.

In those three matches, he scored 65 runs with a high score of 46 against Limpopo from 23 deliveries.

He currently averages 100 throughout the 2019-20 season in South Africa with a high score of 117* and has collected 15 wickets at an average of 12.53.

Kok is in the process of completing his Cricket South Africa Level 1 coaching qualification, so should be able to help the next generation of stars at Armagh progress and improve.

Armagh previously had a South African professional in 2018 in the shape of Shadley van Schalkwyk, and captain Matthew Steenson, who is set to continue for a sixth year at the helm, is looking forward to welcoming Kok to the club.

“Rohit had a good year, put in some match-winning performances and was a great guy. We wish him all the best,” he said.

“The club decided to go down a different route this year. Alexander is mad about cricket, mad to coach and is really keen to push on.

“I think he is going to bring a really positive attitude to the club and hopefully everyone buys into him and the way he plays cricket.

“We have his statistics and he’s obviously very talented. He’s a top order bat and bowls off-spin, so that isn’t going to go too far wrong in the NCU leagues.

“By all means, he hits a big ball and hopefully he will fit into our side. Jamie Rogers is coming back in to open the batting and he will fit in nicely.”

Armagh finished 7th in Section One last season following their relegation from the Robinson Services Premier League.

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