The 19 year old showed class as he punished the Cardiff MCCU bowling attack, and ended unbeaten on 102 as Kent declared on 333 for 8.

Having made his first class debut for Kent in the final LV= County Championship game of last season against Glamorgan, Bell-Drummond is hoping for a regular opening slot at number five, commenting; “It was amazing, a dream come true, but hopefully the first of many though. I didn’t think about it too much out there as I knew we were going to declare soon.”

“I just carried on batting and batting and when Calum (Haggett) got out, I was on eighty odd and I was just thinking about getting a not out and not worrying about the hundred.

“Thankfully, the new ball was sliding on to the bat, coming off really nicely and I was hitting quite a few boundaries to get there quickly.

“Obviously I would like to do it in Championship games, but it’s nice to get my first first class hundred and to do it at home was an added bonus.”

Commenting on his position within in the side, Bell-Drummond has stated that he believes batting at five may be more beneficial in the short term; “I’m used to coming in early and it was weird at first being in at five. I had a chat with the captain and coach before the game started and they said they plan for me to bat in the middle order for a bit, especially early season.

“I was completely open to the idea even though I’m used to opening the batting. I understood the idea and it’s nice batting in the middle as you don’t get a new rock whizzing past you at the start of your innings.

“It’s not easier at five, but you’re going to get less good balls there compared to the new ball as that’s just cricket. Hopefully I will score runs there and cement my place.

“I’ve always wanted to be an opening batsman and that will never change, similar to Sam Northeast, but he has had it quite tough and is coming to the fore now. Hopefully I can follow in his footsteps and do what he did last year.”

When compiling his century last Wednesday, Bell-Drummond took a shine to the bowling of friend Fabian Cowdrey who was playing for Cardiff MCCU, and he puts some of his success at Canterbury down to skipper James Tredwell who encouraged him to come out of his shell; “James Tredwell was a real calming influence and he kept telling me to play my natural game. He helped me along and we put on a good partnership.

“After tea, there were a few bad balls and I was quite tentative on them and he told me that although I wanted to keep my wicket, I had to be positive, because if you let people settle, they can get on top of you. Luckily the bad balls came and I was really positive against Fabian.”

With a ton behind him, Bell-Drummond is now looking ahead to the Championship; “Getting runs for a batsman is the main thing, no matter how you do it. I’m feeling confident going into the season, but every day is a new day in cricket and that will continue throughout my career.”

“I can take a lot of confidence from this, but I need to keep focusing on things day by day."”

A lot of the talk around the county circuit over the past month has been the weather with cricketers donning woolly hats and gloves in the field to keep warm, and Bell-Drummond is hoping we see some warmer weather soon; “It’s not been too bad this last week, but when we played Hampshire and Surrey, they were the coldest days of my life playing cricket. I thought if I could get through that, then batting in this weather would be easy for me.”

Daniel Bell-Drummond was speaking to Steve Wolfe at Kent Sports News