I can still com­pete with best

IN-FORM KEY AIM­ING FOR 20,000 FIRST CLASS RUNS

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Club cap­tain Rob Key has set his sights on fur­ther mile­stones in a Kent shirt be­fore hang­ing up his pads. The 36-year-old made his 54th first class cen­tury with 158 in last week’s 316-run vic­tory over Glam­or­gan at Cardiff.

He also fell six runs short of reach­ing three fig­ures in the first in­nings and con­tin­ued his rich­est vein of form for more than a decade, mak­ing it 590 runs in his last eight in­nings at an av­er­age of 74.

Key, speak­ing to the club web­site, said: “Records don’t mean too much to me. My only real dis­ap­point­ment in re­cent years is not rac­ing past 50 hun­dreds for the club. I’d like, if I could, to nudge that up to 60.

“The amount of games I play has never both­ered me but I’d cer­tainly like to get to 20,000 runs at some point.”

Key – who missed this week’s fi­nal LV= County Cham­pi­onship game of the year with a pulled mus­cle – is set to fin­ish the cam­paign on 19,419 first class runs and 34 short of 29,000 ca­reer runs in all for­mats.

He added: “My records will be there for the tak­ing one day and I would imag­ine that the likes of Sam North­east and Daniel Bel­lDrum­mond, or other lads com­ing through, will go past me at some point.”

The for­mer Eng­land bats­men claimed his flu­ent 87 in the tour match against the Aus­tralians in late July was the turn­ing point in his sea­son.

“I took a lot of heart from that knock,” he ad­mit­ted. “It reaf­firmed that I can still pit my­self against the best play­ers in the world.

“Af­ter play­ing half-de­cent against Mitchell John­son at full pelt, it felt re­as­sur­ing. It made me think there’s a bit of time left in me yet.

“That game felt like one of the high­lights of my county ca­reer, bat­ting against the tourists in front of a packed crowd. Do­mes­tic cricket doesn’t get any bet­ter than that for me.”

‘I took a lot of heart from that knock. Af­ter play­ing against Mitchell John­son at full pelt, it felt re­as­sur­ing’

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Kent bats­man Rob Key fin­ished the sea­son well

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