List of Kent County Cricket Club Twenty20 cricket records

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This is a list of Kent County Cricket Club Twenty20 cricket records; that is, record team and individual performances in Twenty20 cricket for Kent County Cricket Club.

Kent played their first Twenty20 match in the domestic 2003 Twenty20 Cup against Hampshire at Beckenham.[1] The club has played in each of the domestic Twenty20 competitions since, winning the competition in 2007 and finishing as runners-up in 2008. The club plays Twenty20 cricket under the name Kent Spitfires, an allusion to the role of the Supermarine Spitfire in the Battle of Britain during 1940, much of which took place in the skies over the county. As of November 2016 the club has played over 140 Twenty20 matches, including two matches against touring international teams.[2][3]

Team records

All records last updated 24 August 2018


The highest partnership for Kent is 207 runs scored for the 1st wicket by Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly against Essex at Chelmsford in 2017. This set a new highest first-wicket stand in all Twenty20 cricket globally and became the third highest partnership for any wicket in the form of the game and the highest in the English domestic T20 competition.[4][5][6][7] It surpassed the 163 runs the same players had scored earlier in the season against Surrey at The Oval[8][9] which had, in turn, bettered the previous highest partnership of 151 made the previous season by Bell-Drummond and Sam Northeast and the highest opening partnership of 150 scored between Bell-Drummond and Denly, also in 2016.[10][11]

Highest partnership for each wicket
Partnership Runs Players Opposition Venue Season
1st wicket 207 Joe Denly Daniel Bell-Drummond v Essex County Ground, Chelmsford 2017
2nd wicket 151 Daniel Bell-Drummond Sam Northeast v Surrey Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells 2016
3rd wicket 130 Azhar Mahmood Martin van Jaarsveld v Leicestershire Grace Road, Leicester 2011
4th wicket 106 Sam Billings Marcus Stoinis v Essex St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 2018
5th wicket 117 Martin van Jaarsveld Matthew Walker v Leicestershire Grace Road, Leicester 2006
6th wicket 108* Sam Northeast Alex Blake v Hampshire Southampton 2015
7th wicket 62 Rob Key Tyron Henderson v Hampshire County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2006
8th wicket 52 Fabian Cowdrey James Tredwell v Lancashire St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 2015
9th wicket 33* Ryan McLaren Simon Cook v Surrey County Cricket Ground, Beckenham 2007
10th wicket 31 Mitchell Claydon David Griffiths v Essex St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury 2016

Individual batting records

Five batsmen have scored centuries for Kent in Twenty20 cricket, with one, Joe Denly, doing so four times. Nine players have scored more than 1,000 runs for the county in the format with Denly recording the two highest individual scores in 2017 with 116 not out made against Surrey at The Oval in July followed by a score of 127 made against Essex at Chelmsford in August.[3] Andrew Symonds scored Kent's first T20 century in 2004, scoring 112 runs against Middlesex at Maidstone.[12][13] Symonds scored his century in 34 balls, at the time a record for the fastest century in T20 cricket. As of March 2018 it remains the third quickest century scored in top-level T20 matches worldwide and the fastest scored in the UK.[14][15]

  • Highest individual score: 127 Joe Denly vs Essex at Chelmsford, 2017
  • Most runs in a season: 641 Sam Northeast, 2015
  • Most career runs: 3,358 Joe Denly, 2004–present[16]

Individual bowling records

Three bowlers have taken five wickets in a Twenty20 innings for Kent, Wahab Riaz in 2011, Mitchell Claydon in 2013 and Adam Milne in 2017.[3] Wahab Riaz, Ryan McLaren, Matt Coles and Joe Denly are the county's only hat-trick taking bowlers in the format,[3][17] McLaren doing so in the 2007 Twenty20 Cup final against Gloucestershire, Kent's only Twenty20 final success as of November 2018.[18] Wahab Riaz's hat-trick was taken in 2011 against Gloucestershire as part of his five-wicket haul, Coles took his in 2017 against Middlesex and Denly, primarily a batsman, took his in 2018 against Surrey. Only James Tredwell has taken more than 100 wickets in total for the county as of the end of the 2018 English season.[3]

  • Best bowling: 5/11 Adam Milne vs Somerset at Taunton, 2017
  • Most wickets in a season: 23 Yasir Arafat, 2008
  • Most career wickets: 119 James Tredwell, 2003–2017

See also


  1. ^ Twenty20 matches played by Kent, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
  2. ^ Milton H (2016) 'Twenty20 Records' in Reid J (ed) 2016 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.243–247, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.
  3. ^ a b c d e Milton H (2017) 'Twenty20 Records' in 2017 Kent County Cricket Club Annual, pp.223–226, Canterbury: Kent County Cricket Club.
  4. ^ T20 Blast: Yorkshire and Adam Lyth break T20 domestic records, BBC Sport, 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-17.
  5. ^ World-record opening stand for Denly and Bell-Drummond, CricInfo, 2017-08-17. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  6. ^ Kent Spitfires batsman Joe Denly reflects on 'special' night against Essex in NatWest T20 Blast, Kent Online, 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  7. ^ T20 - highest partnerships for any wicket, CricInfo. Retrieved 2017-08-18.
  8. ^ Hoad A (2017) Joe Denly hits an unbeaten century as Kent Spitfires beat Surrey by eight wickets in NatWest T20 Blast South Group, Kent Online, 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  9. ^ Mitchell B (2017) T20 Blast: Lancashire v Yorkshire ends in a tie, Joe Denly & Clint McKay shine, BBC Sport, 2017-07-14. Retrieved 2017-07-15.
  10. ^ Bell-Drummond, Denly set record in Kent opening-night win, CricInfo, 2016-05-20. Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  11. ^ Bell-Drummond's best keeps Kent hopes alive, CricInfo, 2016-07-15. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  12. ^ Symonds batters Middlesex, BBC Sport, 2004-07-02. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  13. ^ Symonds powers Kent to Twenty20 win, Kent Online, 2004-07-02. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  14. ^ Dutton J (2013) Chris Gayle and the story of the fastest centuries in cricket, The Independent, 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  15. ^ Fastest 100s, CricInfo. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  16. ^ Fordham J (2018) Joe Denly happy to beat T20 record held by Darren Stevens, Kent Online, 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  17. ^ T20 Blast: Brendon McCullum and Matt Coles star, Leicestershire and Sussex win, BBC Sport, 2017-07-20. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  18. ^ McGlashan A (2007) Kent take Twenty20 in thrilling final, CricInfo, 2007-08-04. Retrieved 2016-11-01.

External links

  • Kent County Cricket Club website
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