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Farbrace praises his players following fine Gloucestershire win

Monday 14th June 2010

Team director Paul Farbrace (pictured) has praised the Kent squad for their performance in Sunday“s Friends Provident t20 game against Gloucestershire Gladiators.

Kent posted their highest ever Twenty20 score and the coach was clearly delighted with the all-round team effort.

How pleased were you with the manner of the victory?

I was very pleased with the way that we played. It was a very small ground, which made the win even more impressive. Had we won the toss, we would have bowled first but, to answer your question, we played very, very well. Keysy (Rob Key) and Joe set the tone up front, Blakey (Alex Blake) put bat to ball and played nicely. It was a pleasing team display because everyone made a contribution. We lost a couple of silly wickets around the 15/16 over mark but, with so much batting, we finished off nicely to post our record t20 score.

How good was it with the ball?

I thought we bowled very well. Azhar and Cooky (Simon Cook) led the way but we produced some outstanding fielding and bowling throughout. We took some very good catches and everyone played their part. I“m very pleased that everyone has now contributed over the five matches.

At present, you don“t have the strongest of squads. Do you get envious when you look at the opposition“s team sheet?

Yes and no. I think the players look when the likes of Warner and Gilchrist stride to the wicket. They are both top players and Gilchrist showed, on Friday night, why he has been one of the best players in world cricket for the last ten years. You could see his passion for the game all the way through. He captained the side and meant business. He isn“t just with Middlesex for the cash. All Aussies want to win and, at the end of the game, I knew that we were beaten by an outstanding innings from a real cricketing great. We didn“t play that badly. We knocked over Eoin Morgan early on and that shows you how well we did do. Sadly Gilchrist was there and produced a quality knock.

You have a few days off before going hard again on Friday night against the Surrey Lions at the Brit Oval. Are you looking forward to that one?

The players look forward to all matches and enjoy the t20 because the fans come out in numbers. It will be difficult on Friday. Surrey are a quality team. They have spent a lot of money on their squad. They might not be playing high quality cricket at the moment but with people like Younis Khan, Mark Ramprakash and Andrew Symonds in your side, you are always going to be dangerous. They have high quality but nothing inspires a kent cricketer more than going to the Oval. Our record there in the last few years has been exceptional and, growing up as a Kent player, it is engrained in you that Surrey are the team that you want to beat.

Our former overseas player, Andrew Symonds, will be desperate to do well. Is he still a major threat?

Yes, he is and he will be desperate to score runs against kent. Symmo is too good not to get going at some point in t20 so we will need to bowl well at him because he is a quality player.

Will you go unchanged again for the game?

We are very much hoping to go with the same 12 but Joe Denly might miss out with a calf strain, sustained fielding in the win against Gloucestershire. We will have to assess how he is closer to the game. If he does miss out then it could give another young batter the chance to come in and try to impress. Matthew Coles has got his chance, after an injury to Amjad Khan, and he has been a real bonus for us in this competition. He has taken his chance and played well. There is the chance Amjad could be available, after his hamstring injury, but we won“t bring him back just for the sake of it.

After our game against the Surrey Lions at the Brit Oval, the Kent Spitfires have back-to-back t20 matches at Beckenham. Rob Key“s Spitfires play the Somerset Sabres on Sunday, 20 June and then play the reverse fixture against Surrey on the following Wednesday.

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Picture:Sarah Ansell