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Daniel Bell-Drummond: Rob Key has helped me shine in T20

Thursday 9th July 2015

South Group leaders Kent Spitfires will be looking to place one foot into the NatWest T20 Blast quarter finals by completing a 2015 double over Somerset in Canterbury on Friday night.

With seven wins from their 10 starts to date – including their dramatic three-run win in the corresponding fixture in Taunton on May 31 – Spitfires hold a one point lead with a game in hand over the chasing pack.

The hosts go in to the clash at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence clash knowing they have been their opponents in their last three meetings – batting first each time.

However, captain Sam Northeast has enjoyed a run since taking the helm from Rob Key by winning his last seven successive tosses.

Northeast’s top-order batting team-mate, Daniel Bell-Drummond – who went to school near Taunton at the cricketing production line that is Millfield School – is looking forward to the clash.

“I feel I’ve improved quite a bit in T20,” said the former England Under-19 batsman. “I’m getting the mode of it better having spoken to Keysy about the tactics.

“A little like me, Keysy wasn’t one for smashing it out of the park, but he found a way in this format to score runs consistently by using the pace of the bowler to deflect and shape the ball into his scoring areas. For me, he was the ideal player to chat with, and he’s helped develop my game plans.”

Bell-Drummond, the first English batsman to plunder a century off the touring Australians last month – he cantered to a 92-ball ton in last month’s four-day friendly in Canterbury – added: “Hopefully I can continue my run of form, but anything can happen in T20.

“The team has been going well in the format with Northeast as the stand out batter in the country, so we’ve been posting big scores and proved a force to be reckoned with.”

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