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Kent Cricket bowler David Griffiths pride at death bowler role ahead of return to former club Hampshire in NatWest Blast T20 South Group

By Alex Hoad

Ahead of a date against his old club Hampshire, David Griffiths has spoken of his pride at being entrusted with the death bowler’s role at Kent.

The 29-year-old paceman bowled a tight final over to help the Spitfires snatch victory against the Sussex Sharks in the NatWest T20 Blast at Canterbury and his eyes are set on a repeat against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl on Friday night.

He said: “I’m happy to be in the team, firstly but to have the opportunity and the coach and captain and lads backing me to bowl at the death is a great feeling – having that support and belief in me from everybody to bowl at the death.”

He added: “I back my ability to bowl a yorker – it’s a batter’s game, the ball was flying everywhere but I back my ability with the white ball, as well as the red ball.

“I can take confidence from it. Last year we did well in white-ball cricket and hopefully that can move into championship stuff this year.

“I’m feeling good and just want to try to get back in the four-day team and head down to my old team to try to beat them."

Last week's seven-run win against Sussex came off the back of some tight final overs and Griffiths added: "Sussex got off to a good start. We knew their top three were good players and good at taking the game away from you.

“They probably did that to us to be fair but we brought it back. We always back ourselves – we know me, Mitch and Matt Coles are good death bowlers.

"It was a great start against a strong Sussex team.”

David Griffiths in action against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin.
David Griffiths in action against Sussex. Picture: Barry Goodwin.

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