KENT CRICKET

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Adam Milne be­lieves Joe Denly yet again proved his cre­den­tials as a world-class crick­eter.

The New Zealand overseas fast bowler took the fi­nal two wick­ets in Kent’s six-run win over Sur­rey at The Kia Oval on Fri­day.

But it was Denly that stole the show af­ter scor­ing a cen­tury and then tak­ing a hat-trick with the ball.

Milne said: “He con­tin­ues to blow me away. I just think he’s a world-class bats­man, he played some beau­ti­ful strokes and his bowl­ing is just as good.

“He hits a good line and length and makes the bats­men do some­thing. He changed the game with both bat and ball.”

Denly’s hat-trick gave Spit­fires some hope in the match that Sur­rey looked to be cruis­ing to vic­tory.

At one stage they were 135-3 in the 13th over, chas­ing 174, be­fore Denly took his wick­ets.

Milne bowled the penul­ti­mate over of the in­nings with the hosts need­ing nine runs with two wick­ets in hand. Af­ter con­ced­ing two sin­gles from the first three balls he got the last two men out in con­sec­u­tive de­liv­er­ies.

Milne said: “It was in­cred­i­ble re­ally. If we were per­fectly hon­est we didn’t bowl great at the start so the bats­man got away from us.

“Ben Foakes was strik­ing it beau­ti­fully and it looked as though we were go­ing to lose in 12 or 13 overs.

“Joe get­ting a hat- trick com­pletely changed the game. We con­tin­ued to take wick­ets at one end and it came down to that penul­ti­mate over. I knew I needed dot balls or wick­ets.

“I tried to be ag­gres­sive and luck­ily I snuck one through Batty and a lit­tle wide one was nicked through to Sam, so it was a pretty ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

“The vibe in the chang­ing room com­ing off the Cham­pi­onship and One-Day games was re­ally good. The boys have been play­ing some fan­tas­tic cricket and, as we’ve seen be­fore, they’ve got them­selves out of some big holes with both bat and ball.

“You get that be­lief in those sit­u­a­tions when they are

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