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Latest Match Report – Kent vs Hampshire South Group 2021


45-year-old allrounder takes 2 for 22 with out conceding a boundary as Hampshire stumble to defeat

Kent 176 for six (Robinson 48, Denly 44, Bell-Drummond 42, Crane 3-23) beat Hampshire 138 for 9 (Klaassen 4-32) by 38 runs

Trendy T20 cricket is nearly unrecognisable from the format launched because the Twenty20 Cup in 2003 however no less than one factor has not modified: Darren Stevens, county cricket’s Peter Pan, continues to be a match-winner. Per week in need of 18 years since his debut within the format, opening the batting in Leicestershire’s first-ever T20 fixture, Stevens made his long-awaited return to Kent’s Vitality Blast facet after a four-year absence and turned their season opener on its head to spearhead a cushty win.
Hampshire had reached 51 with out loss after the powerplay when Stevens got here into the assault however on the finish of a miserly four-over spell that includes two wickets, no boundaries and solely 22 runs, they had been lifeless and buried: the required charge had soared from precisely 9 an over to an eye-watering 12.71, setting a collapse of 9 wickets for 78 runs in movement. Fred Klaassen gained the match award for his 4 wickets, however had the grace to confess it had been: “The Darren Stevens present – fairly exceptional.”

For the final three years Stevens has advised anybody who would hear – and lots who would not, together with Kent’s teaching workers – that T20 is his favorite format and that he ought to have been a part of their facet, however his returns with the bat had tailed off from 2015-17 and he had performed an more and more peripheral position with the ball. He had gained the competitors twice, however these days had been lengthy gone.

An unsuccessful mortgage spell at Derbyshire in 2019 appeared to verify he was now not the white-ball drive that had as soon as come near an England cap and together with his Championship bowling as potent as ever, Kent opted to handle his workload and seemed the opposite approach. He had first fallen out of the facet when injured in 2018: “After I got here again, the children had been doing okay they usually simply mentioned ‘we will give them a little bit of a go’,” he mentioned. “I get it, however I am simply gutted.”

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