Bell-Drum­mond key again

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Cricket - By Alex Hoad

Daniel Bell-Drum­mond’s rich vein of form con­tin­ued as he helped Kent Spit­fires de­mol­ish Som­er­set in the Royal Lon­don One-Day Cup on Tues­day.

His 68 from 51 balls paved the way for Kent to post 231 in a rain-hit 30-oversa-side clash at Can­ter­bury in which the hosts blitzed the vis­i­tors in re­ply for just 136 with nearly six overs to spare.

Bell-Drum­mond has taken to the mid­dle 18 times this sea­son in the three for­mats and this was his ninth half-cen­tury and took him to 942 runs – not in­clud­ing his dou­ble cen­tury in the First Class warm-up against Lough­bor­ough.

He said: “It’s go­ing for me at the mo­ment. I’m just try­ing to keep it go­ing.”

Kent bounced back from their three-wicket loss to Glam­or­gan two days ear­lier to record their sec­ond win of the South Group ahead of yes­ter­day’s (Wed­nes­day) trip to Es­sex.

Bell-Drum­mond and skip­per Sam North­east (64 from 49 balls), who again lost the toss, plus a late cameo of 36 from 23 balls by Alex Blake guided the Spit­fires to 231-6.

Some sti­fling bowling and ex­cel­lent field­ing then saw the vis­i­tors re­duced to 35-3 and 64-6 with Dar­ren Stevens claim­ing a two-wicket maiden, the re­called Fabian Cow­drey tak­ing 2-38 and Ivan Thomas a career-best 3-31 as Som­er­set were even­tu­ally dis­missed 95 runs short.

Bell-Drum­mond said: “We’ve been a bit hit and miss this year.

“We got off to a bril­liant start in both for­mats but we have stum­bled a lit­tle bit so it was good to get back to win­ning ways, es­pe­cially bat­ting first.

“We strug­gled de­fend­ing against Glam­or­gan even though we posted a very good score so it was im­per­a­tive that we won here.

“We did re­ally well with the ball.

“Look­ing back on it I’d say 230 was a very good score but at the half­way point we weren’t con­vinced.”

‘We have stum­bled a lit­tle so it was good to get back to win­ning ways’

Pic­ture: Barry Good­win

Sam Billings, who has been named in Eng­land’s T20 squad to face Sri Lanka on July 5, hit an un­beaten cen­tury against Glam­or­gan on Sun­day

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