Jimmy Adams on Kent’s ‘perfect way to finish the season’

Monday 30th September 2013

Men’s First Team

Proud Jimmy Adams hailed Kent's incredible win over Lancashire as the perfect way to finish the season.

Darren Stevens hit a sublime 205 not out to edge Kent to a two-wicket win and condemn champions Lancashire to their first loss.

It was the first Championship win on Kent soil this summer and the second-highest fourth-innings chase in the Club's first-class history.

Adams said: "It was probably the pitch-perfect way to finish the season. It shows what we are capable of.

"It points to all of us trying to find that measure of consistency going forward.Darren Stevens was superb. I've not seen many better innings in my time.

"In the situation of the game, the way he controlled his innings was outstanding.All season he's been brilliant. He had that little niggle in his side early on and couldn't bowl but once he got fully fit there was no stopping him.

"It's been a very consistent year for him."

Sam Billings was playing just his second County Championship game while 19-year-old Matt Hunn was handed his debut.

They are just two of the highly-talented youngsters at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence that Adams is pleased with.

The coach said: "I was very happy with the progress these kids have made.We are committed to trying to establish some of these younger players in first-team cricket.

"They've racked up performances in second-team cricket, which is a good thing, and they've shown good responses to the first-team environment."

West Indies legend Adams is now looking for more consistency.

"That's the key," he added.

"The search is still on for us to be more consistent across the board.When we are good we are very good but we need to find that consistency."

Jack Wilson