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Blake relishes role as finisher for Spitfires

Sunday 12th July 2015

Kent’s magnificent number 7 batsman Alex Blake is enjoying the licence to attack after another match-winning knock. His unbeaten 59 off 24 balls against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham, followed innings of 71* and 49* against Hampshire and 52* at Sussex last week. The 26-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate said: “I seem to be developing a role at the end of our innings and I’m really enjoying it. “You have to go hard from ball one and that helps me because it gets me picking my bat up a lot more and swinging. “We’re over the moon to be through the group with two games still to play and now the aim has to be to clinch a home quarter-final. “We can take a lot of confidence into our final group matches and hopefully can win at least one of them.” Gloucestershire skipper Michael Klinger said: “The injury to Hamish Marshall hurt us. He has been struggling with a calf problem and I would think he will now be out for three or four weeks. “Alex Blake played a terrific innings, but again we didn’t quite execute our bowling skills at the death. “I also felt we were ten or 15 runs short of a par total on such a quick-scoring ground.”