Blake seals much-needed win with six

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket -

Alex Blake ad­mit­ted he needed con­fir­ma­tion his win­ning hit was a six as he led Kent Spit­fires to an ex­cit­ing one-wicket win over Sur­rey in the open­ing Royal Lon­don One Day Cup South Group con­test at Beck­en­ham on Sun­day, writes An­drew Gi­d­ley. The left-han­der hit the sec­ond to last ball of the match – bowled by Tom Curran – over the ropes to end on 66 not out off 62 balls. Blake had walked out at No.8, with his side 147-6 – need­ing 256 to win. He made a cau­tious start, be­fore adding 72 in 14 overs with Sam North­east who fell for 47, with 37 still needed. Matt Coles then went for a duck but James Tred­well made seven, in a stand of 26, be­fore be­ing run out, leav­ing Blake to get Kent home in style. Blake said: “I didn’t know it was a six be­cause I was a bit caught up in the mo­ment and just ran off to cel­e­brate not know­ing where it had landed. To be the one to hit the win­ning runs against Sur­rey, of all teams, was pleas­ing. “I was calm at the start of the last over, when we only needed three but when we needed two off the fi­nal two balls it was a lit­tle nerve wrack­ing.” Four wick­ets in four overs put the skids un­der Kent’s re­ply, af­ter Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly had added 95 in 18 overs, fol­low­ing the loss of Tom Latham. Bell-Drummond passed 50 be­fore he and Denly went in con­sec­u­tive overs, both to catches by Ku­mar Sangakkara. Fabian Cow­drey and Sam Billings fol­lowed in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore Dar­ren Stevens and North­east stayed to re­pair the dam­age and Blake fin­ished things off in style. Ear­lier, Sur­rey posted 255-8 with Sangakkara mak­ing 58. Late knocks from Sam Curran (22) and skip­per Gareth Batty (16 not out) helped them to their to­tal. Last night (Wed­nes­day), Kent were due to take on Hamp­shire in the NatWest T20 at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence. To­mor­row (Fri­day), they face Sus­sex at Hove (7pm start). Kent are back in One Day Cup ac­tion on Sun­day when they host Glam­or­gan at Can­ter­bury (11am), be­fore re­turn­ing to St Lawrence on Tues­day to face Som­er­set (11am). They then travel to Es­sex the fol­low­ing day for an 11am start. Two T20 de­feats in two days dented Kent’s mo­men­tum last week. Last Thurs­day Sam North­east’s side lost by nine runs to Hamp­shire at Southamp­ton, while the fol­low­ing day Kent (147-7) went down to Glouces­ter­shire by seven wick­ets at Beck­en­ham.

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Alex Blake hits out against Glouces­ter­shire on Fri­day night

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