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Alex Blake in good form with the bat as Kent win first One-Day Cup game

By Josh Fordham

Alex Blake said Kent needed to get that first win under their belt in the Royal London One-Day Cup.

The Spitfires beat Glamorgan by four wickets at The Spitfire Ground St Lawrence on Friday.

Blake hit 41 in a crucial partnership with skipper Joe Denly to help them to victory.

Alex Blake..Picture: Andy Jones
Alex Blake..Picture: Andy Jones

He said: “I think we needed that. We have bowled well in all the games so far but haven’t quite fired with the bat.

“I felt good in the last few games and we spoke a lot about our batting because we haven’t really fired in the competition so far.

“We trained hard in the last couple of days and it wasn’t so much about technique but how we went about the innings and I think we got that right today.

“Joe played a great role there with a club record 150 not out. You just had to bat around him and that was my plan to come in and knock it around as the rate was only at 6.”

Zak Crawley. Picture: Andy Jones
Zak Crawley. Picture: Andy Jones

Blake hit three sixes and one four in his innings that lasted 52 balls before he was caught behind off van der Gugten.

One of those maximums reached to top tier of the Frank Woolley Stand.

Blake said: “I didn’t look at where it went actually because I was more worried about the field. I saw they only had four in the ring and I thought they were going to bring one up but they didn’t.

“The bowler started walking in so I knew it was a freebie so I came down and hit it. I went straight to the umpire and talked about the four inside the ring.

“I looked back at the video and it came out alright and it was a shame I couldn’t hit the freehit after.”

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