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Harry Podmore grateful for chance to shine at Kent

By Josh Fordham

Harry Podmore is growing in confidence and belief the more games he plays in a Kent shirt.

Podmore joined Kent from Middlesex prior to the start of the 2018 season and has already taken career-best figures in both the County Championship and One-Day Cup.

A best match figures of 8-110 in the match against Warwickshire was pivotal in providing victory to see the club move within eight points of top spot in Division 2.

The 23-year-old has taken 20 Championship wickets at an average of 22.95 this season.

Harry Podmore. Picture: Gary Browne.
Harry Podmore. Picture: Gary Browne.

Podmore said: “It’s nice to get a run of games as your gain more confidence and start to believe in yourself a bit more.

“I’m just grateful to Kent for giving me the opportunity.

“I just try and perform and I don’t think it’s about proving anything to everyone else. It’s about doing it for the team as consistently as I can.”

Podmore got the vital wicket to break the Ian Bell and Dominic Sibley 260 run partnership in Warwickshire’s second innings as they looked to chase down a record total of 519.

He bowled 28 overs in that second innings with only Matt Henry bowling more.

Harry Podmore in action at The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells. Picture: Andy Payton.
Harry Podmore in action at The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells. Picture: Andy Payton.

Podmore said: “I think we came together as a group really well today. They were only one down overnight and we knew we would have to work hard today and we did and it paid off.

“It’s a bit of a strange one as it did quite a bit on the first day and it flattened out so I think it was a good cricket wicket.

“If you work hard then you get your rewards no matter what the deck.

“We just stuck to the basics. We are all here because we are good enough to be here and you keep your plans simple.

“I love being the work horse. I’m always asking Joe to bowl and I feel like the best comes out of me and I’m in the rhythm and I’m bowling longer spells.”

Kent now face Middlesex, Podmore’s former county, in their next Specsavers County Championship match.

The day/night match begins on Monday with play starting at 2pm each day.

Podmore added: “It will be good to see some familiar faces and I’m looking forward to it. I don’t know if there’s a point to prove.

“I’m excited to play them and there was no hard feelings when I left.”

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