Daniel Bell-Drummond: Patience key for Kent batsman

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Bell-Drummond, a former England Under-19 international, is still awaiting his first County Championship hundred

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond says he had to be patient during his marathon innings against Essex.

The 20-year-old opener spent over five hours at the crease, scoring 92 runs before he was dismissed by Jesse Ryder.

"I didn't feel my fluent best," Bell-Drummond told BBC Radio Kent.

"I just tried to back my defence and put as big a price on my wicket as I could. I was able to stay out there as I didn't take many risks and tried to play each ball on its merits."

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Bell-Drummond: Concentration crucial

He added: "I concentrated harder than I possibly would if I was in good touch."

Lewisham-born Bell-Drummond faced 257 balls in the course of his 321-minute innings, scoring nine fours, as Kent batted through the day to secure a draw at Canterbury.

"That's probably the longest I've ever batted," he said.

"It was needed at the time. If I could have scored quicker I definitely would have, but I did find it quite tough.

"I had the plan in place and then tried to execute it, even though they were bowling very well.

"I haven't hit a Championship ton yet and I was desperate to get to that mark but I can't really complain with the way I played. Hopefully it will come another day."

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens, who shared a stand of 86 with Bell-Drummond for Kent's fifth wicket, hailed the former England Under-19 international for his application in the middle.

"He played outstandingly and he deserved a hundred," said Stevens.

"I think he enjoys long innings rather than playing his shots. He is like an old-school batter who faces as many balls as he can.

"He plays the line of the ball and waits for his cut shot and his pull shot. To me that was a high-class innings."