Quick fifty a con­fi­dence booster

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Daniel Bell-Drum­mond’s half-cen­tury in Kent’s vic­tory over Som­er­set in the Vi­tal­ity Blast has given him early con­fi­dence in the com­pe­ti­tion. Bell-Drum­mond was one of the lead­ing run-scor­ers in 2017, mak­ing 462 runs in­clud­ing four half-cen­turies. He failed to get off the mark in the tour­na­ment opener against Sur­rey on Fri­day but his 58 from 39 balls was in­stru­men­tal in Kent’s eightwicket win in Taunton. Bell-Drum­mond said: “It was good to get a score in this game as I missed out at The Oval. “It’s a con­fi­dence booster for me. It’s about get­ting in the rhythm of it and feel­ing con­fi­dent in this for­mat again. “I was pretty happy with how I played. I would have liked to have stayed un­til the end but I’m glad we got the vic­tory.” Kent’s bowlers did a lot of the hard­work, re­strict­ing Som­er­set to 159-6 from their 20 overs. Bell-Drum­mond and Heino Kuhn put on 101 for the sec­ond wicket to put Spit­fires in a match-win­ning po­si­tion. Bell-Drum­mond said: “It was a good win and nice to get some runs out there. It was a good all-round team per­for­mance. “We were a bit rusty at Sur­rey but we still man­aged to get the win, which is the sign of a good team when not play­ing at our best. “Against Som­er­set it was a good all-round team per­for­mance. We bowled re­ally well up top and re­stricted them to 20 or 30 less than they would have wanted. “The chase in the end was quite com­fort­able and it was set up by a good bowl­ing per­for­mance.” Joe Denly and Kuhn have re­ceived most of the plau­dits bat­ting at the top of the or­der this sea­son. Bell-Drum­mond has been fairly con­sis­tent for Kent, av­er­ag­ing 44 in the One-Day Cup as he scored four half­cen­turies, in­clud­ing 86 in the fi­nal at Lord’s against Hamp­shire. He said: “Joe and Heino have been bril­liant this year. “They were both un­be­liev­able in the 50-over com­pe­ti­tion and have car­ried it over into the T20. “For me it’s quite easy bat­ting around them. They are both great strik­ers of the ball so I can get my­self in

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