Bell-Drum­mond pledges fu­ture with new con­tract

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MT Coles 31-3-133-2, ME Clay­don 13-3-40- 0, Yasir Shah 57-10-165-4, MD Hunn 31-3-90-3, JC Tred­well 33.2- 6-122-1, JL Denly 1- 0- 4- 0. DJ Bell-Drum­mond b San­der­son .........5 SR Dickson c Duck­ett b Holden .........60 JL Denly not out................................78 SA North­east c Buck b Duck­ett .........27 AP Rouse not out ................................8 Ex­tras (nb6) ......................................18 1-7, 2-108, 3-167.

NL Buck 4-1-17- 0, BW San­der­son 4-1-7-1, JJ Cobb 190- 64- 0, SP Crook 2- 0-10- 0, MDE Holden 14-2-35-1, AM Ross­ing­ton 9-1-30- 0, BM Duck­ett 6- 0-21-1. Kent have been given a boost by the news that Eng­land Li­ons bats­man Daniel Bell-Drum­mond has agreed a new con­tract with the club. The opener, who turns 24 next month, came through the ranks at Kent af­ter join­ing the club aged seven and has es­tab­lished him­self in the first XI in all for­mats over the past few sea­sons af­ter mak­ing his break­through in 2011. His con­tract was due to ex­pire at the end of this sea­son and there were reports that Divi­sion 1 side War­wick­shire were keen to take him to Edg­bas­ton next year. How­ever, it was re­vealed on Tues­day that he will re­main at the Spit­fire Ground, St Lawrence, af­ter agree­ing an ex­ten­sion for an undis­closed term. Bell-Drum­mond said: “Kent have been a huge part of my life since I was seven. I feel very KENT’S NEXT FIVE GAMES T20 July 18 Gloucs (Can­ter­bury)......... much at home here. I want to play for Eng­land one day and feel my game is pro­gress­ing well with the sup­port of (head coach) Matt Walker and the Kent coaches. “It’s an ex­cit­ing time for the club and I want to con­trib­ute to some suc­cess for our sup­port­ers.” Bell-Drum­mond con­tin­ued his sparkling one-day form in the game’s short­est for­mat on Sun­day. Hav­ing topped Kent’s av­er­ages in the Royal London One-Day Cup, he hit four sixes in 55 balls to fin­ish 90 not out in Spit­fires’ NatWest T20 Blast opener against Es­sex. Bell-Drum­mond’s one-day form is in stark con­trast to his Cham­pi­onship record, where he av­er­ages less than 28 with just two half-cen­turies. “I’m get­ting bet­ter at this for­mat and have got a method. Hope­fully, I can stick to it through­out this tour­na­ment,” said Bell-Drum­mond. “It’s a com­pletely different type of cricket. There’s no hold­ing back when you open the bat­ting in T20. It’s good the tour­na­ment has come at this time. “I’m glad I was able to carry my form from the 50-over com­pe­ti­tion. Hope­fully, this is just the start for me. I try not to look too far ahead and just play my own game.” At a ground that pro­vided a run fest in the drawn Cham­pi­onship match with Northants, Bell-Drum­mond was al­ways con­fi­dent Kent would chase down the 167 they needed to beat the Ea­gles. “You play ev­ery ball on its merit but we knew it was a good score to chase,” he added. “We were happy at the half­way point. It was vi­tal we got off to a good start and we never looked back.” Kent con­tinue their cam­paign with trips to Glouces­ter­shire on Thurs­day (2.30pm) and Sur­rey on Fri­day at The Oval (6.30pm). On Tues­day, they en­ter­tain Glouces­ter­shire at Can­ter­bury (6.30pm). “We needed to hit the ground run­ning, es­pe­cially against Es­sex, who we have found tough in the past,” said Bel­lDrum­mond. “There’s a lot of good teams in the South Group, any­one is ca­pa­ble of fin­ish­ing top so you need to start well. Glouces­ter­shire don’t have the names maybe that Es­sex have but they are just as ef­fec­tive.”

Pic­ture: Andy Jones

1-28, 2- 63, 3-79, 4-152, 5-154, 6-165, 7-165, 8-165.

DI Stevens 4- 0-43- 0, AF Milne 4- 0-24-2, MT Coles 4- 0-41-1, JDS Nee­sham 4- 0-37-3, JC Tred­well 4- 0-18-1. DJ Bell-Drum­mond not out ...............90 JL Denly b Harmer ............................32 SA North­east c Porter b Harmer ........33 SW Billings c Foster b Ashar Zaidi .......6 JDS Nee­sham not out .........................8 Ex­tras .................................................0 DJ Bell-Drum­mond c Ross­ing­ton b San­der­son . 49 SR Dickson c Duck­ett b Holden .......318 JL Denly c Holden b Keogh .............182 SA North­east b Cobb .........................38 SW Billings c Wakely b Keogh ...........42 AP Rouse st Ross­ing­ton b White..........8 MT Coles b Holden ............................24 JC Tred­well not out .............................6 Ex­tras (b4, lb6, w2, nb22) .................34 BM Duck­ett c Billings b Coles .........105 RI New­ton c Rouse b Yasir ................57 AG Wakely b Hunn ............................32 MDE Holden c Rouse b Hunn...........153 RI Keogh b Yasir ................................19 AM Ross­ing­ton c Billings b Hunn .....112 JJ Cobb not out ................................34 SP Crook c Tred­well b Coles .............12 GG White c Denly b Yasir ...................11 NL Buck lbw b Yasir ............................9 BW San­der­son c Clay­don b Tred­well ...0 Ex­tras (b8, lb6, nb10)........................24 Jimmy Nee­sham cel­e­brates tak­ing his first wicket for Kent Spit­fires

Pic­ture: Andy Jones

Daniel Bell-Drum­mond top scored with 90 not out against Es­sex

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