Blake catches the eye in front of Sky cam­eras

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - - By Alex Hoad

Alex Blake pro­vided some of the few high points for Kent on a dis­mal week­end with his high­est t20 score and two stun­ning catches.

The 24-year-old hit a six and three fours in an un­beaten 37 to be Kent’s top scorer in the nine-wicket de­feat against Mid­dle­sex at Uxbridge on Sun­day.

The 34-ball knock beat his pre­vi­ous best t20 score of 35 against Sur­rey at the Oval last sum­mer.

Even more spec­tac­u­lar, how­ever, were catches he held in front of the Sky cam­eras at Chelms­ford on Mon­day night.

The first was a slid­ing ef­fort com­ing in from the deep square leg bound­ary to ac­count for Ravi Bopara and the sec­ond a div­ing ef­fort over his shoul­der off a pull from Owais Shah just two balls later, with James Tred­well pick­ing up the wick­ets.

Blake said: “We had been chas­ing a bit of leather and it was im­por­tant that we took a cou­ple of wick­ets at the right times. Luck­ily, a cou­ple came my way and I man­aged to hold on to them.

“The sec­ond one came straight at me and kept swerv­ing to­wards my right. I man­aged to cling on and just land in­side the rope. It was nice to get it, es­pe­cially on TV as well.”

Blake de­parted for two on Mon­day, a day af­ter his best Kent score and said: “I’ve been feel­ing all right but I’ve been com­ing in when the run-rate is quite high.

“When we bat­ted first on Sun­day I could take my time a lit­tle bit more but on Mon­day I came in need­ing 12 or 13 an over. It’s dif­fi­cult.

“Over the five games we’ve got into the habit of ‘here we go again’. It’s tough. We’ve strug­gled to clear the ropes from day one.

“We all need to work on our strik­ing a bit more but we all need to stay pos­i­tive and hope­fully we can get a few wins in the sec­ond half of the t20.”

With a two-week break for cham­pi­onship ac­tion, Blake added: “I’d like to play in all forms of cricket. I’ve been do­ing all right in the 2nds and started well with the red ball.

“I need to keep try­ing to put up scores for the 2nds and hope­fully when a spot be­comes avail­able, I’ll be able to slip in and take my chance again.”

Pic­tures: Barry Good­win

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