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    The turbulent career of Matt Coles, Kent’s roistering allrounder, has taken another downturn as the county considers how best to deal with his conduct during a Championship match in Cardiff last week.

    Coles’ behaviour was discussed at length on Monday by Kent officials, including the chief executive Jamie Clifford and chairman of the cricket committee Graham Johnson, as the fallout threatened to harm Kent’s season at a critical juncture.

    Johnson was earlier pressed for an explanation of Coles' absence from the current Championship match against Derbyshire at a Members Forum at Canterbury as Kent press for promotion to Division One of the Specsavers Championship.

    "Unavailable for selection" was Johnson's guarded reply, explaining that it was an employee-employer matter that had still to be fully resolved and which could not properly be divulged.

    Coles faced the wrath of at least one Kent spectator when he arrived at the ground in the final session when an elderly female member wagged her finger and asked: “What have you been up to now?” It is not the first time he will have been asked that question.

    Coles’ last Championship match was a rain-hit four-day affair against Glamorgan in Cardiff last week. As a direct result of events in Cardiff, he then missed the NatWest Blast tie against Middlesex in Canterbury on Friday night in which Middlesex rattled up 210 for 6 – the fifth defeat in seven for a Kent side who began the T20 season with such high hopes.

    They now face two critical opportunities to turn around their season - Sussex in a T20 at Canterbury on Thursday with a trip to Chelmsford to face Essex the following day – with no indication as yet as to whether Coles, a hard-hitting batsman as well as strike bowler, will be available.

    His absence from the Championship match, with Kent pushing hard for promotion, has also had an impact with a weakened attack struggling to contain Derbyshire, who started this match second bottom of Division Two but who finished the second day in a strong position: 88 runs behind Kent’s first innings of 379 with seven wickets intact.

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