Crawley: “T20s in front of a full house make you feel proud, like it was all worth it”

Thursday 6th June 2024

Men’s First Team

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Crawley: “T20s in front of a full house make you feel proud, like it was all worth it”

Kent & England opener Zak Crawley has spoken to BBC Radio Kent Sport ahead of Kent Spitfires’ first Vitality Blast home match of the Summer tomorrow at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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Speaking about playing at a full house at Canterbury, the right-hander says that the crowd can really make a difference.

“Well, it’s awesome playing in front of a full house anywhere, but Canterbury is a special one,” he says. “They get behind us massively and they get on the backs of the ‘oppos’.

“If you ask most county players actually, “Where’s the worst place to come and play?”, Canterbury’s up there, and we’re good here so, yeah, it’s a double whammy.

“I love T20. I’m excited to be back playing with the boys. I want to play a lot more T20 going forward alongside my red-ball. I’ve played sporadically in the past, a few games here, a few games there. But I really want to ramp that up in the next couple of years. So it’s nice to start here with Kent, and hopefully get a few wins.”

Crawley has been a Kent cricketer from a very young age, having come through the Kent Talent Pathway and the Kent Cricket Academy – the pride he has for playing for Kent is something a lot of people overlook.

“I remember going to the academy when I was 13, all the way up until I was 18, looking out over the ground every time I walked in the doors like, yeah, I want to play there one day, and now to get to play here all the time.

“T20 games in front of a full house of fellow Kent men and women, yeah, it makes you feel proud, like it was all worth it.

“I mean, the Quarter Final [in 2021] was great. Obviously to get to Finals Day, that was special to know that you were going.

“There’s a couple of great games we’ve lost actually, but no, there’s been so much. To be honest with you though, I can’t think of many close games. We’ve actually been pretty dominant here in my time and not down to me or anything, but like, just as a team, we’ve gone well here and I’m trying to think of close games… we haven’t had many actually! We’ve either lost convincingly or won pretty convincingly, but the Quarter Final stands out.”

‘Creepy’ knows the importance of a good start at home against Somerset.

“Yeah, they’re a very, very good team on paper and you know, they’re confident,” he explains. “They won it last year, but we’re confident as well and  we’ve got a very good record against them in the last 10 years. I feel like when we’re at our best on this ground, we’re probably favourites. So I’m looking forward to it.”

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