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Key delighted with personal best as Kent crush Glamorgan

Friday 17th July 2009

By Michael Flynn

CAPTAIN Rob Key (pictured) was a happy man as Kent recorded a convincing win over Glamorgan at the Swalec Stadium. The England opener scored a personal best of 270 not-out, as Kent cruised to victory by an innings and 45-runs in Cardiff.

The victory puts Kent back to the top of the LV County Championship table and clearly delighted the captain: “It was very pleasing for both me and the rest of the side. We are playing some good cricket and I“m delighted that we have gone top again. It was great for me, to get some runs, and I feel I“m playing really well at the moment. I suppose the only slight downside, if there is one, is that my highest score is now against Glamorgan, rather than for England against the West Indies.”

So how good does it feel to be back in amongst the runs? “Ah, it“s always nice to score runs – and to get a personal best is very special. I felt in good nick throughout the knock and I“m definitely coming back into form. I didn“t score many early season but I got the ton against Surrey and now feel that I“m batting well again.”

Key decided to declare when he was 270 not out, rather than chase what would have been a first triple century for him personally. So was that a tough decision? “No, not really because we wanted to get them in and attack them. We wanted to bowl them out because we knew the wicket was deteriorating and it brought Tredy into play. It was a fairly tough wicket and not easy to bowl sides out on so full credit to our attack again for doing just that.”

So no regrets then for not looking for the 300? “No, no regrets. At that stage they were just looking to stop us scoring runs and made it as difficult as possible for us. It would“ve been nice to see Kempy (Justin Kemp) score a century because he batted brilliantly again. He scored his runs quickly and was selfless at the end. We gave him another over to try and get a hundred but he got out batting for the team.”

And, as a team, Kent are doing tremendously well at the moment. So how pleasing is that for Key? “It“s great for us and we are delighted that it is clicking. I, personally, had a poor start but I“m now coming good. Joe missed out in this game but it“s the first time he hasn“t got a hundred in his last few games; same with Jarre. He is a quality player and in fine form at the moment. He got 96 and Kempy is scoring big runs too, along with Geraint Jones, so we have some guys playing great cricket and that is pleasing for me as captain.”

At the halfway stage of the County Championship season, Kent lead the table by 13 points and Key wants his team to keep things going: “We are playing some great cricket at the moment. The position could be even better for us, had we not lost lots of play against Surrey at the Brit Oval. The ball got soft, when we were looking to bowl them out. I“ve also lost a couple of crucial tosses, so everything isn“t necessarily going our way, but we are still playing some great cricket.”

Kent don“t return to action until they play Glamorgan in the Nat West Pro40, at Cardiff, on Tuesday night. Key is taking advantage of a few days off by coming home to Kent: “A few of the boys are going to stay down because we have the game in a few days time but Joe and myself are travelling back. It will be nice to have a bit of time off and a bit of time at home. After the game on Tuesday, we then have another few days off until our Twenty20 quarter-final, so it“s pleasing to get a bit of rest time because it“s been tough over the last couple of weeks.”

And with that crucial T20 quarter-final only just over a week away, how is Key, and his Kent team-mates, feeling? “We cannot wait for that game. It will be good for us. There is always a buzz around Twenty20 cricket and we are playing better and better at it. Durham will be a tough side and it“s a difficult one to call. We will certainly give it our all. It“s great to be in contention. We have played well in Twenty20, along with the County Championship. We missed out in the Friends Provident Trophy but we are playing some good cricket – long may it continue.”

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