Harmi­son de­lighted to fi­nally get off mark

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Ben Harmi­son ad­mit­ted he was “chuffed to bits” to have scored his first Kent cen­tury, help­ing the club record their first cham­pi­onship win of the sea­son, at Glouces­ter­shire. Harmi­son’s im­pe­ri­ous un­beaten 141-ball knock of 101 – which fea­tured 12 fours and a six – was his first hun­dred since Au­gust 2007 and just his fourth in first class cricket, hav­ing started his ca­reer with back-to-back tons for Durham in 2006. The 27-year-old left-han­der said: “It was good to get off the mark with a hun­dred for Kent. I was chuffed to bits. It was too hot to be cel­e­brat­ing and I was pretty tired af­ter but when I had the chance to re­flect af­ter­wards, I was happy.” Harmi­son has come in for crit­i­cism in some quar­ters for his form in one-day cricket

‘I didn’t feel the weight of pres­sure.

I back my­self’

this sea­son and was left out of the t20 side as his ca­reer aver­age dropped be­low 12 runs over 34 games. How­ever, he added: “I didn’t feel the weight of pres­sure at all. I back my­self. I’ve got the chance to bat five when I’ve played and you’ve got to try and score runs and I think I’ve done that all year. I have got about 400 runs in five games I’ve played. It’s nice to get a 100 but to be hon­est, it was nice to get 20 overs. I’m happy to be bowl­ing again.” He added: “I’m hop­ing it is go­ing to be plain sail­ing from

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now on but I didn’t bowl a ball on Mon­day which was a bit weird. I am an all-rounder. I want to bat and want to bowl. I want to bat up the or­der and bowl sec­ond change. “Hope­fully, I am push­ing my case with the red-ball to be up the or­der and I’m just look­ing for a chance in the white ball stuff. “I’m con­fi­dent once I get that chance, I’ll stamp my au­thor­ity and mark on it.” Harmi­son said win­ning at the ninth time of ask­ing would stand the team in good stead for the re­main­der of the sea­son, adding: “It was good to come out on top. We’ve got into those win-or-lose sit­u­a­tions be­fore but we’ve lost ev­ery time. “It’s nice that now if we get in that po­si­tion again, we are con­fi­dent know we can win a game. We want it to be a turn­ing point. We’ve got the con­fi­dence from last week. We can do it, ev­ery­one knows it, it’s just the con­fi­dence for some­one to put their hand up and do it.”

CEN­TURY: Ben Harmi­son hit 12 fours and a six in his 141-ball in­nings of 101 not out

Pic­ture: Geraint Jones / Twit­ter

TREAT­mENT: Bren­dan Nash re­cov­ers af­ter be­ing helped off the field

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