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Denly delighted with Kent success

PUBLISHED: 19:43 25 May 2018

Kent's Darren Stevens (left), coach Matt Walker, vice captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kent's Darren Stevens (left), coach Matt Walker, vice captain Joe Denly, coach Allan Donald and Will Gidman (right) prepare for a team picture (pic Gareth Fuller/PA)

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Kent’s man of the match Joe Denly was quick to praise his team-mates after their Royal London One-Day Cup win over Glamorgan at Canterbury.

Denly took 4-56 with his leg spin, while Mitchell Claydon (3-73) and Matt Henry (2-50) also had success as the visitors were dismissed for 274 with three balls of their 50 overs unused.

Kent lost Daniel Bell-Drummond cheaply in reply, with Zak Crawley falling with the total on 44.

But Denly put on 59 with Heino Kuhn (22) and 88 with Alex Blake (41) and was unbeaten on 150, having hit two sixes and 19 fours in a 143-ball innings as Kent won by four wickets with 11 balls to spare.

And he said: “I thought their 274 was about par, so it was a great effort from our bowlers.

“We were brilliant in the field, too, it was world-class so we can pride ourselves on that. There were a lot of positives.

“Following ducks in our first two games it was nice for me to get off the mark in this competition batting-wise. It was important to contribute. We’d spoken about someone going big and batting through an innings and I was pleased to be able to do that.

“I’ve not felt out of touch at all. It’s been a tricky start to the season for all batters playing on some difficult wickets but I’m not making excuses, I know I should have scored more runs.

“It was nice to contribute with the ball as well. It was important because we only went in with five bowlers, me included, so it was good to stand up and do a decent job. As my days go on a cricket pitch, this is probably up there with the best.”

Kent are due to visit Hampshire in their next match in the competition on Sunday.

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