Denly and McKay Set New Records in t20 Blast

There was just one Specsavers County Championship match this week, with Worcestershire visiting Cheltenham. Gloucestershire batted first, and things were in the balance when Jack Taylor came out to bat, but the 25-year-old made his fifth century (143) to help his side up to a total of 383. Ed Barnard took four for 93. It was another middle-order batsman who led the reply, as Ben Cox hit a career-best 124 in the visitors’ first innings of 300 for nine declared. Kieran Noema-Barnett was the unlikely demon bowler, picking up four for 31 with his medium pacers – his best figures for the county. With the rain costing much of the third day, Christopher Dent hit 135 not out in just 203 balls to enable Phil Mustard to declare on 286 for four, and set a target notional of 370. After 42 overs of Worcestershire’s innings, the match ended as a draw, with the visitors on 155 for five.

Instead, attention shifted to the NatWest t20 Blast. In the North Group, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have both won two out of two, though Northamptonshire are top with five points after four games. In the South Group, Hampshire have won three out of three, and are already two points clear at the top of their division.

Joe Denly set a new record for Kent in T20 cricket, scoring 116 not out off just 63 balls to see his shome against Surrey, chasing down a target of 205 with three balls and eight wickets in hand. With Daniel Bell-Drummond, he set a record partnership for any wicket for Kent of 163.

There have been two other centuries so far: Colin Ingram made 101 not out for Glamorgan off only 47 deliveries to help his side to a 18-run victory over Sussex at Arundel, even though Luke Wright hit back with 101 off 53 balls. The best bowling performance so far has come from Clint McKay of Leicestershire, who set a new county record with his figures of five for 11 against Worcestershire. His performance set up a five-wicket win with nine balls in reserve.

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