Bell-drum­mond takes his chance to stake a claim

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Www.kentonline.co.uk/cricket - By Alex Hoad

A de­lighted Daniel Bell-Drum­mond says he will re­mem­ber the week of his high­est cham­pi­onship score and Friends Life t20 de­but for years to come.

The 19-year-old scored a LV= County Cham­pi­onship-best 79 in the Di­vi­sion 2 draw against Hamp­shire last Wed­nes­day be­fore top scor­ing with 27 in the Spit­fires’ su­perb win at the Royals four days later.

He said: “It was a bril­liant week. We didn’t get the win we were look­ing for in the cham­pi­onship but from my point of view, it’s been a re­ally en­joy­able week, one I’ll re­mem­ber for a long time.”

Bell-Drum­mond did ad­mit to some frus­tra­tion that he wasn’t able to join Rob Key and Bren­dan Nash into three fig­ures against Hamp­shire, par­tic­u­larly as he’d also missed out on a big score at Chel­tenham where Kent recorded their first win the pre­vi­ous week­end against Glouces­ter­shire.

He said: “I missed out on the runs at Chel­tenham but the guys showed they are in good form and con­fi­dence was high go­ing into the Hamp­shire game.

“See­ing Key­sey and Nashy bat­ting out there was great. I can learn a lot from them and the way they are go­ing and luck­ily I was able to cash in, too.

“I was un­happy to get out. I’d done all the hard work the day be­fore but I lost pa­tience and chased a wide one. I will log it and learn from it next time.”

He added: “It was a cham­pi­onship-best score so I sup­pose I have to be happy with that but I was frus­trated and des­per­ate to get a hun­dred.

“Hope­fully, I’ll get an­other chance in the next game – my birth­day is dur­ing the Worces­ter­shire game, on Au­gust 4, so that would be a good time to do it.”

‘Its been a bril­liant week. . . One I’ll re­mem­ber

for a long time’

Bell-Drum­mond and 2nds team-mate and long-time friend Fabian Cow­drey were in­tro­duced to the side in place of Key and Sam North­east for the trip to Southamp­ton on Sun­day and Bel­lDrum­mond ad­mit­ted: “I wanted to get the op­por­tu­nity to show what I can do but my main goal was to help the team.

“Jimmy Adams (coach) and (cap­tain) James Tred­well were help­ful. It was my first game in the tour­na­ment but they just told me to go out and en­joy it.

“Fabian has been in bril­liant form, scor­ing lots of runs and con­fi­dence was high go­ing in.

“We have played to­gether since the age of 12 or 13 and know each oth­ers game well.”

He added: “I was hon­oured to get the role on Sun­day and want the chance to do it again.

“It looks like they’re go­ing to stick with us for a while. I want to play in ev­ery game that I can.”

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

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Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

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