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Jennings Group scores sponsorship with namesake cricket ace

Durham and England cricketer, Keaton Jennings with Sohail Khan, director of Jennings Motor Group at the company’s Kia dealership in Washington

Durham and England cricketer Keaton Jennings has struck up a sponsorship deal with a namesake car dealer group as part of a match made in County Durham.

South African-born Keaton, 24, who currently lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, took delivery of a brand new Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi Level 1 model at Jennings Group’s Kia dealership in Washington as part of a 12-month deal with Jennings Group.

David Phillips, franchise manager at the Parsons Road branch, said; “The compact SUV Sportage is by far the most popular in the range and we are absolutely delighted and extremely proud to be able to supply one of the models to such a young and professional cricketer as Keaton.

“I would like to wish him many months of happy motoring in his new Kia.”

Taking up cricket came as second nature to Keaton, whose father Ray Jennings, brother Dylan Jennings and uncle Kenneth Jennings all played first-class cricket in South Africa. 

Keaton’s first club team was Pirates Cricket Club in Johannesburg, prior to arriving in the UK in 2011 to pursue the sport professionally.

The left-handed opening batsman played his first game for Durham CC Club’s First Team in August 2012, and has played two test matches for England. 

Both test matches were against India and took place in December 2016 when he made his test debut scoring a century in Mumbai.

Keaton said: “I am delighted with my new Jennings Kia car.”

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