Bell-Drummond key again
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’
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