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Harry Podmore describes the moment he hit winning runs in Kent's semi-final

By Josh Fordham

Harry Podmore told himself to stay as calm as possible when it fell to him to hit the winnings runs for Kent in their semi-final at Worcestershire on Sunday.

Podmore was at the crease with his side needing four from the final three balls and hit a boundary to seal their place in the final.

Earlier in the match he also claimed the wicket of danger man Callum Ferguson as he took 2-55.

Kent's Harry Podmore celebrates hitting the winning runs during their Royal London Cup semi-final. Picture: Ady Kerry
Kent's Harry Podmore celebrates hitting the winning runs during their Royal London Cup semi-final. Picture: Ady Kerry

Podmore said: “I felt like I had to hit the boundary. I just looked down, took one deep breath and said enjoy yourself and I did.

“My first thought was to celebrate as much as you can. It all happened so quickly but was so happy to get over the line.

“You are always going to be nervous going into a tight game. You have to back what you learnt in the nets and try and stay as calm as possible.

“It was Heino Kuhn who did all the hard work but I’m a bit speechless at the moment.

“He’s an all-round great bloke as well. His personality and work ethic is just special.”

Harry Podmore. Picture: Ady Kerry
Harry Podmore. Picture: Ady Kerry

The 23-year-old joined Kent from Middlesex this season and will return to his former home ground for the final on Saturday, June 30.

The Worcestershire win was only his third match of the Royal London One-Day Cup this season with him also claiming four wickets in the quarter-final victory at Nottinghamshire.

Podmore added: “We’ve come back from all situations this year. Today at one stage we were dead and buried. Blakey, Rousey and Heino batted superbly. The team spirit is awesome at the moment.

“We work really hard on our fielding and it’s something we pride ourselves on. If we look after our fielding the other skills come hand in hand.

“I’ve never been involved in a final before so it will be really exciting to go back to Lord’s and see a few familiar faces and hopefully lift the trophy.”

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