Denly: One of my finest days of cricket

Denly: One of my finest days of cricket

Kent Spitfires opener Joe Denly scorched a club-record fourth T20 century before becoming the first player to take a hat-trick and score a hundred in the same 20-over match.

The 32-year-old hit 102 on a balmy night at The Oval before helping sink oldest rivals Surrey with 3/31 in the reply.

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The Kent Cricket Academy graduate said: “It’s very pleasing, and most importantly we got the 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.

“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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