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Kent bowler David Griffiths says Kent should be considered a force to be reckoned with in NatWest T20 Blast

11 June 2014
by Alex Hoad

David Griffiths hopes the Spitfires’ strong start to the T20 campaign shows they are a force to be reckoned with in the NatWest T20 Blast this year.

The former Hampshire paceman, 28, produced a breathtaking final over to help Kent see off Middlesex Panthers by 16 runs on Friday night, taking three wickets in four balls – including that of Aussie dangerman Dan Christian – to finish with career-best figures of 4-22.

A third win in four took Kent within two points of the top of South Group, with a game in hand against Essex Eagles on Wednesday night and Griffiths admitted: “It was a great win and another great team performance. It keeps the momentum going, three wins from four.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence as a group, everyone’s starting to do something, right up the batting and bowling orders. Long may it continue. The team comes first but a nice performance like a four-fer for me – you’ll always take that.”

With 18 required from the final over and all-rounder Christian well-set on an incredible 129 from 56 balls, the Panthers went into the final six balls in sight of their first win of the campaign.

David Griffiths Picture Barry Goodwin

David Griffiths Picture: Barry Goodwin

Griffiths said: “Dan batted unbelievably well – you could be waiting a while to see another innings like that. He was hitting the ball cleanly and it was a great innings.

“Before that over, I was trying to keep the laughter going, joking, not worrying about feeling under pressure about the yorkers.

“I do all the hard work in practice so I back myself to bowl the yorkers. I said to (Sam Billings and Adam Riley) that I wanted 10-12 (to defend off the final over) and Doug Bollinger gave me 18, so I was happy with that.”

He added: “It’s possibly the best over I’ve bowled – it’s definitely in the top three considering the scenario of the game. I got the ball where I wanted to, which always helps. It was my night  and I’m enjoying my cricket at the minute.”

Kent endured a dismal T20 campaign in 2013 – losing their first five games – and were one of the outsiders for glory at the start of this year’s competition.

However, Griffiths remained bullish, saying they have proven they “should be taken seriously.”

He said: “We have got a good chance. We have got a lot of youngsters coming through who have played a lot of cricket now, some experienced heads and Doug is a good overseas player who has played in the best competitions in the world.

“Everyone is feeding off each other. It’s working for us at the minute so hopefully it sends a message out to the other teams that we’re here for the long haul.”

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