Bell-Drummond: “It’s awesome playing in front of the home crowd. It’s electric”

Bell-Drummond: “It’s awesome playing in front of the home crowd. It’s electric”

Vitality Blast is back in Canterbury tonight! Club Captain Daniel Bell-Drummond has spoken to BBC Radio Kent Sport about what it means to wear the Spitfires shirt in front of our home supporters.

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With all-action T20 back in CT1 this evening, Bell-Drummond is looking forward to the change of format this season.

“Yeah, it’s really awesome playing in front of the home crowd,” he says. “It’s electric. The atmosphere is unbelievable, very partisan crowd which I love. So yeah, there’s a lot to look forward to. And yeah, this Friday really looking forward to the first one of the year.”

As a Kentish man and product of the Kent Cricket Academy, the gravity of representing his county in front of fellow Kentish People & People of Kent is not lost on our Club skipper.

“It’s amazing. You really want to put in an extra effort for them if possible, because you know how much they’re supporting you and how much they’re backing you.

“And yeah, it’s not an easy place to come as I’ve said. Opposition players don’t like it, so with respect, keep that up and and yeah, we always enjoy playing in front of you and yeah, looking forward to this Friday, obviously extra pressure and we want to start well and make sure that we put on a good performance for the fans.”

Looking back on past performances at The Spitfire Ground, a few spring to mind for the right-hander.

“I think the Quarter Final here three years ago against Warwickshire was probably the top of that, first home Quarter Final that we’ve won in my career. So that was a great win and then yeah, some personal games as well, getting 100 here last year against Middlesex. And yeah, a few others, trying to spring to mind a couple of them in the COVID year so, I wouldn’t count them, but yeah, my top two were definitely that 2021 Quarter Final win last year, and scoring 100 in front of the home crowd, which is awesome.”

Bell-Drummond is hoping to get another three-figure score in the Vitality Blast at home this year.

“Yeah, it was a great feeling. I was in a very good run of form in that period so, I was extremely happy to make it count and especially in front of the home crowd and yeah, hopefully I can have more performances like that going forward.”

And Somerset present a stern test for the Spitfires in their home opener.

“There was a period wasn’t there, about 6-7 years where they just couldn’t beat us. So hopefully we can get back to that. They’re obviously a brilliant team now. Some great additions as well, and they’ve been there or thereabouts every year for the past 3-4 years.

“It’s going to be tricky, the South Group is tough. We’re ready for that. At home here at Canterbury, we back ourselves 100%.”

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