Kent legend Darren Stevens seems to keep getting better with age and he celebrated becoming the oldest player to ever feature at T20 Finals Day by starring in his side’s semi-final win over Sussex.
Daniel Bell-Drummond held the innings together at the top for Kent, making an impressive 82 from just 51 balls, and Stevens finished things off in style.
Having only been picked in the side because New Zealand international Adam Milne is in the United Arab Emirates for the IPL, Stevens smashed an unbeaten 47 off 28 balls.
His knock ensured Kent reached a total of 168-8, one they comfortably defended with the ball.
Fred Klaassen (4-17) and Matt Milnes (3-22) were the two headline acts as they bowled Sussex out for 147 to complete a 21-run win.
However, Stevens also made a telling contribution with the ball, picking up the wicket of the dangerous David Wiese with his first ball.
Speaking after that wicket Peter Trego, who recently retired himself at the age of 40, labelled Stevens “the Benjamin Button of cricket” and jokingly called for him to be pick for the Ashes.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, Trego said: “Why wouldn’t you believe it?? Darren Stevens can do no wrong!
“He’s just getting better and better and better – the Benjamin Button of cricket strikes with his first ball. It’s written in the stars. Get him on the plane to the Ashes!”
After the game, Kent skipper Sam Billings lauded Stevens as a “special cricketer”, telling Sky Sports: “We’re just living in Darren’s world aren’t we?!
“He said at the quarter-final when we dropped him, ‘Just get me to finals day and I’ll do it for you.’ He’s just a special cricketer.”
Stevens signed a new one-year deal with Kent back in June and he has also been in outstanding form in the County Championship.
With the ball, he has picked up 34 wickets at an average of 20.17 and he has also scored 632 runs at an average of 48.61.Internet Explorer Channel Network