Stevens not hid­ing his frus­tra­tion

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport - By Alex Hoad

Dar­ren Stevens has lifted the lid on his frus­tra­tion over his lim­ited role in Kent’s side in NatWest T20 Blast so far this sea­son. The all-rounder has been the Spit­fires’ tal­is­man in the for­mat for much of the past decade and has played more than 200 T20 matches, is clos­ing in on 4,000 runs in the for­mat and has taken 112 wick­ets at an av­er­age of 25. The 41-year-old has, how­ever, been a more pe­riph­eral fig­ure in the open­ing 10 games of this year’s com­pe­ti­tion, bat­ting down the or­der and be­ing handed lim­ited bowl­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties – some­thing he re­vealed he has taken up with coach Matt Walker and skip­per Sam North­east. Since he went 0-43 from four overs in the open­ing game against Es­sex, Stevens had bowled only one over in six games and not at all in two oth­ers be­fore he was en­trusted with three overs, tak­ing 2-25 in Friday’s loss to Sus­sex. In five of Kent’s 10 games Stevens has not bat­ted, fac­ing just 57 balls in the five in­nings in which he has gone to the mid­dle, scor­ing 68 runs. His trade­mark six against Sus­sex on Friday was his first this sea­son. In two of the 10 matches, he did not bat or bowl. Stevens said: “I’m frus­trated that I haven’t bowled as many overs as I’d like and bat­ted higher up the or­der but we did sit down at the start of the sea­son and Walks made it clear what my role would be. “I took it on the chin. You look at the bowlers we have got, most of the time we have four seam­ers and a spin­ner or two. He’s got lots to choose from. You can un­der­stand it, it’s just harsh on peo­ple who don’t bowl. “The top or­der have been go­ing well. Deebz and Joe Denly have been phenom­e­nal, North­east has been bril­liant. Nee­sham came in and played nicely in the first cou­ple of games. Me and Blakey just need to click now.” He added: “I made it clear I was frus­trated and they un­der­stand that. I’ve been around long enough and played enough games and got us through. But I un­der­stand where we are as a team, it’s not about in­di­vid­u­als, it’s about the side. “If that’s the role they need, I’ll do it ev­ery day of the week. I want to play and win games for Kent. I can show my frus­tra­tion but I’ll still do what­ever we need.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4874977

Dar­ren Stevens was pleased to be given three overs against Sus­sex on Friday

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