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Kent’s Joe Denly delighted to star with bat and ball

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 July 2018

Kent players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Kent players celebrate a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Joe Denly was delighted to do his bit with bat and ball as his side beat Surrey by six runs in the Vitality T20 Blast.

Denly scored 102 off 63 balls, with two sixes and 12 fours, to lead Kent to 173-6.

And he followed that up with a 3-31 haul, including a hat-trick, as the hosts came up short in a dramatic finish.

Denly said: “It’s very pleasing, and most importantly we got a win. We’ve had some tight games this season and to claw it back in the way we did was amazing and showed the spirit in the camp.

“The Oval is always a decent place to bat, but the outfield was slower than normal and Surrey made scoring boundaries tough by mixing up their pace a bit.

“I thought at halfway we were 10-15 runs short and that it might take a special bowling performance to win it - although I didn’t expect it would be me!

“I may have taken a hat-trick in the garden before but not out in the middle and if I’m honest it was a naughty hat-trick ball, caught down the leg side, but I’ll take it because it got us back in the game.”

Surrey were 135-3 in the 13th over when Denly dismissed Rikki Clarke, Jamie Smith and Mathew Pillans with successive balls.

And he admitted his exploits with the ball were a bit more special that his efforts at the top of Kent’s batting order.

He added: “As a specialist batsman the century probably means more to me but I’ll take the hat-trick – it was a very nice moment.”

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