Billings: “Anytime you put the Kent shirt on, as a Kent boy, it’s phenomenal”

Wednesday 5th June 2024

Men’s First Team

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Billings: “Anytime you put the Kent shirt on, as a Kent boy, it’s phenomenal”

Kent Spitfires’ T20 Captain has spoken to BBC Radio Kent Sport about his anticipation of getting underway in the Vitality Blast at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence this Friday.


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When asked what it’s like to step out in front of a packed house at The Spitfire Ground, the right-hander spoke about his pride of representing his county whenever possible.

“It’s amazing,” he says. “Anytime you put the Kent shirt on, as a Kent boy. No, it’s phenomenal.

“Obviously I grew up watching ‘Keysy’ [Rob Key] and the like stroll out here, and to do it for so long as well, it’s been a real pleasure, and I loved every minute.

“The home support we have here is incredibly partisan, which we absolutely love, so the away teams, I know always struggled to to come here as well. It’s a great atmosphere and always make it tough for the away team.”

When asked about his best wins as a Kent Spitfire at The Spitfire Ground, Billings has one match particularly in mind.

“Getting to my first Finals Day, beating Warwickshire here.

“We were a really good side in that Quarter Final that’s a really good memory. That was a great game of cricket which we played really well. To take you through to Finals Day always makes a huge difference.

“There’s so many memories. I mean, individual moments… Stoinis hitting one over the Frank Woolley… I put Tino Best into the road, which he didn’t like too much… Couple of unbelievable catches, Blakey down here [in front of the Underwood & Knott Stand. They definitely live long in the memory.

“I hit Chris Jordan over the scoreboard which, you know, just managed to, I think I got 80-odd against Sussex, late 70s or something against them. Yeah, about 60 against Hampshire. 60 I think against Essex to win a game, set up a total with Stoinis actually, back end. Yeah, like I said, thankfully done it for a long time.

“Every year we make some new memories as well. A little moment, like stumping Jos [Buttler] on the first ball in that Quarter Final [in 2018]. I know we didn’t get the result, but again, it’s more individual moments where you can change your game.

“For me, that’s the way T20 is really, it’s not about big scores, it’s about those little moments that really change the course of the game. Like I said; stumpings, catches here and there, moments of brilliance from different people. They’re really kind of special things I think.”

And how does our T20 skipper rate our first opponents at home?

“They’re really strong side, they always have been and obviously current holders of the competition. So huge respect for them, they’re really well-rounded side I think. Similar to us in the way that they’re really well balanced.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but what better way to kind of kick off our home campaign here and hopefully get a really good win against them.”


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