Elsewhere, Jacques Banton – Tom’s younger brother – signed the Worcestershire contract
Kevin, 28, went on loan earlier this season after suffering a bowling injury and taking 12 wickets in an average of 19.33 in four county championships. He has signed a loan deal for the club for the rest of the season and will have a permanent, three-year contract from 2022 onwards.
Kevin first joined Essex in late 2015 and played 60 games for the club in the form of a template. His opportunities were limited by the damage and depth of the Essex seam bowling stock.
“We are delighted that Matt has decided to join us in the long run,” said Paul Downton, Kent County Cricket Director. “He has already shown his ability with the Kent shirt this season and was quite good in the locker room during his loan spell. He brings something else to our seam attack because we are constantly looking to improve our strength and “We are the depth of the team.”
“He had to be sidelined for a long time due to a back injury he suffered in 2017, but since then he has worked hard to get back into the starting line-up,” said Essex coach Anthony McGrath. “We are happy with the talented bowlers at the club, but unfortunately, Matt has sometimes limited his opportunities for this reason.”
The club’s coach, Alex Gidman, described Banton as “a real land” and confirmed that he would be considered for selection. “He hits the ball cleanly and is very upset about how the game is played with the ball and stealth,” he said.
“He has the same skills as his brother Tom in a powerful assassin, and they both surround everyone but only in different ways. We are looking to bring him to the group and that gives us another potential player. To choose from if needed. “