Published: 26 Apr 2017

Professional batsman ‘Jennings’ strikes a deal with Jennings Kia | Jennings Motor Group Blog

It’s not just the name that Durham and England cricketer Keaton ‘Jennings’ shares with the region’s longest established motor dealer group – he’s also proud to be behind the wheel of one of their cars.

Part of a 12-month sponsorship deal, South African-born Keaton, 24, who currently lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, has just taken delivery of a brand new Kia Sportage 1.6 GDi Level 1 model at the group’s Jennings Kia dealership based in Washington.

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.


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“I would like to wish him many months of happy motoring in his new Kia, which offers an attractive interior and exterior design, a host of advanced technology features and above all, outstanding quality.”

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.  For the past 20 years Keaton’s father has worked as a professional cricket coach.

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; “Jennings Motor Group has interested me for some time, not only because I too am a proud ‘Jennings’, but also because of the company’s commitment to quality service and customer care, which mirrors my own personal value system.

“I am delighted with my new Jennings Kia car, it is by far the best vehicle I have driven. It feels a strong, safe, reliable car and it is very comfortable and easy to drive.”  

When he’s not on the field playing professional cricket, or out and about in County Durham in his brand new Kia, Keaton spends the rest of his time studying towards a Bcom in financial accounting - which he hopes to complete next year.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Kia, call into the Parsons Road dealership, contact 0191 5525810, or visit

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