Darren Stevens, 45, labelled "Benjamin Button of cricket" after Finals Day display

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.

© Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images Kent legend Darren Stevens

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?!

© Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images Stevens scored 47 not out with the bat and picked up 1-22 with the ball in Kent’s T20 Blast semi-final win over Sussex at Finals Day

“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
News Related

OTHER NEWS

Five-star WR recruit chooses Missouri over Alabama, Georgia

© Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The Missouri Tigers on Tuesday landed a huge commitment. Luther Burden, a 5-star wide receiver, committed to Missouri over Alabama and Georgia. He tried to ... Read more »

Inter Milan's Dzeko next to Drogba in Champions League ranks

At the age of 35 years and 216 days, Edin Dzeko is the second oldest player after Didier Drogba to score a goal and provide an assist in a Champions ... Read more »

Report: Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee arrested in Texas, charged with DWI

© Provided by Touchdown Wire MORE: NFL Week 7 announcers’ schedule The Jamal Adams trade is the gift that keeps on giving for the Jets Titans’ tremendous radio call on ... Read more »

Report: Bears' Robert Quinn positive for COVID-19

The Chicago Bears fell to the rival Green Bay Packers 24-14 this past Sunday to drop to 3-3 on the season and then experienced a different type of setback on ... Read more »

Clippers center Serge Ibaka to miss season opener

Clippers center Serge Ibaka played five-on-five basketball in front of fans for the first time since June during Sunday’s open practice at USC’s Galen Center and his next time could ... Read more »

RB Nick Chubb ruled out for Thursday Night Football

© Provided by Touchdown Wire MORE: Report: Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee arrested in Texas, charged with DWI NFL Week 7 announcers’ schedule The Jamal Adams trade is the gift that ... Read more »

Josh Donaldson calls out TBS broadcast for criticizing umpire Jerry Meals

© Provided by Fansided Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson called out the TBS broadcast for complaining about umpire Jerry Meals. Meals’ controversial strike calls in Game 3 of Dodgers ... Read more »

Ligue des champions : malmené, le PSG s'en sort face à Leipzig

Les coéquipiers de Lionel Messi, auteur d’un doublé, se sont imposés, mardi, face au RB Leipzig (3-2). Une victoire sans la manière, qui leur permet de prendre la tête du ... Read more »

Capital's wealthy expect London to remain Europe's top financial centre

(Unsplash) Three-quarters of affluent Londoners expect London to continue as Europe’s leading financial centre over the coming decade, according to research from the wealth manager, Saltus. The Saltus Wealth Index ... Read more »

Dear Fiona: Nothing I do is ever good enough for my father – should I give up trying?

Nothing is ever good enough for my father (Alamy/PA) The problem… “I’m 55 – and nothing I have done has ever been right or good enough for my father, who ... Read more »

Vinicius Junior 'is a great player for his age', hails Karim Benzema

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo It’s almost a year since Karim Benzema uttered the famous: ‘don’t give it to him, it’s like he’s playing for the other side’ ... Read more »

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Diego Simeone's decision to snub full-time handshake

© Provided by Metro Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone have history (Picture: Getty) Jurgen Klopp has criticised Diego Simeone’s decision not to shake his hand following Liverpool’s 3-2 Champions League ... Read more »

Cowboy Bebop teaser trailer released by Netflix

Netflix has dropped the first trailer for its remake of Japanese sci-fi series Cowboy Bebop. © Provided by Digital Spy (UK) Get ready for the solar system’s most dangerous criminals ... Read more »

Novice cryptocurrency investors should consider risks and ignore hype, says FCA

Three-quarters (76%) of younger investors who have put money in high-risk products such as cryptocurrency say they are driven by competition with friends, family, acquaintances and their own past investments. ... Read more »

7 best waterproof headphones for swimming to soundtrack your workout

All our picks are designed to withstand water for at least 30 minutes and at varying depths (The Independent) Packing our swimming bag has become somewhat second nature. Swimming costume? ... Read more »

Bayern Munich Alumni: Was it cold in Qatar? James Rodriguez flops in debut

© Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images According to a report from Sport1, former Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez did not exactly have a stellar debut in Qatar: ... Read more »

MARKET REPORT: Money transfer group Wise shares hit by revenue warning

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo Money transfer group Wise saw its shares slide after it warned price cuts would dent its second-half revenues. In a trading update, ... Read more »

Sky pulls 'Cobra' episodes after murder of MP David Amess

Robert Carlyle, star of political drama Cobra, has paid tribute to Sir David Amess. (Sky UK) Robert Carlyle has paid tribute to murdered MP Sir David Amess after episodes of ... Read more »

Shaun White Raves About 'Beautiful Relationship' with Nina Dobrev: 'What an Influence on My Life'

Nina Dobrev and Shaun White Nina Dobrev/Instagram Shaun White has competed in four Winter Olympics but the veteran snowboarder has, of course, never prepared for a Games during a global ... Read more »

How the WNBA is light years ahead of its male counterpart

© Provided by Salon Nneka Ogwumike; Chiney Ogwumike Forward Nneka Ogwumike #30 and forward/center Chiney Ogwumike #13 of the Los Angeles Sparks walk to greet fans after the game against ... Read more »

Crouch praises referee in reversing Atl Madrid pen against Liverpool

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Peter Crouch insists the referee who overturned Atletico Madrid‘s late penalty against Liverpool in their thrilling Champions League group stage clash made a ... Read more »

Lescott says Simeone's refusal to shake Klopp's hand was a 'cowardly'

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo BT Sport pundits have hit out at Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone for refusing to shake Jurgen Klopp’s hand after Liverpool’s 3-2 victory ... Read more »

Plötzlich "MMD" - Draxler kommt, beißt und "genießt jede Minute"

Statt “MNM” hieß es bei PSG gegen Leipzig zur Überraschung vieler plötzlich “MMD”. Julian Draxler ersetzte den verletzten Brasilianer Neymar, setzte sich in Szene – auch weil er auf die ... Read more »

Arsene Wenger disagrees with Man Utd flop Kleberson's verdict on Mo Salah

Arsene Wenger has declared Mohamed Salah is currently the “best striker” in the world ahead of the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, hailing the Liverpool star’s ability to ... Read more »

Grading every NBA team's 2021 offseason

For the first time in 13 offseasons, no NBA All-Star changed teams this year. © Provided by NBC Sports These offseason grades – based on where the team stands now ... Read more »

The Bucks' incredible NBA title ring can actually transform into a necklace

Now that it’s NBA opening night, we’re getting to see the Milwaukee Bucks’ championship rings. © Provided by For The Win And holy cow, they are SOMETHING. Aside from the ... Read more »

Marvin Bagley's agent blasts Kings 'mismanagement,' says former No. 2 pick isn't in opening night rotation

Let’s check in on the No. 2 pick of the 2018 draft. As drama swirls in Phoenix around the absence of a new deal for Deandre Ayton, the player selected ... Read more »

Ancelotti: “It would be tough to bench Rodrygo for El Clásico after this”

© Photo by SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP via Getty Images Real Madrid thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 on Tuesday night, with their two Brazilian wingers Vinícius and Rodrygo really standing out. The former ... Read more »

Oklahoma's anti-'critical race theory' law is unconstitutional, ACLU claims in federal lawsuit

© AFP via Getty Images Protestors gather in Virginia on June 12, 2021, to protest critical race theory. Congressman Mark Green has called for an Air Force Academy professor to ... Read more »

Small businesses behind a third of the UK's emissions, but lag in net zero fight

The UK’s small businesses are responsible for nearly a third of the country’s greenhouse gases, yet are falling behind their larger counterparts in efforts to slash emissions. © PA Wire ... Read more »

Broncos cut David Moore, place Alexander Johnson, Andre Mintze on IR

© Provided by NBC Sports The Broncos announced they signed inside linebackers Curtis Robinson and Barrington Wade to the active roster from their practice squad Tuesday. The team also placed ... Read more »

Asda launches big pre-Christmas recruitment drive for 15,000 temporary workers

Asda is planning to hire some 15000 Christmas workers (Asda) Supermarket chain Asda said it plans to hire around 15,000 temporary employees, with more than 1000 of the jobs being ... Read more »

‘It began with cider': how a group of young parents transformed a Somerset harbour

Walk along Watchet’s harbour front and you’d be forgiven for thinking a jumble of colourful containers had been blown in off the sea by a particularly severe storm. But this ... Read more »

Terrorists will get minimum 14-year jail term

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Judges will get beefed-up powers to hand the most serious terrorists longer jail terms under a framework published today. The Sentencing Council guidance ... Read more »

How did he do that? Epic Andy Murray performance as he saves matches points to win

© PA Images Andy Murray looking ahead Of all the performances Andy Murray has served up since his return to the game following hip surgery in 2019, this may have ... Read more »

BREAKING: Kaizer Chiefs could lose TWO star players in January!

© Provided by The South African Kaizer Chiefs could potentially lose two of their star players in the upcoming January transfer window. Both Njabulo Blom and Njabulo Ngcobo have reportedly ... Read more »

Horrifying video shows intruder breaking into house as mother and baby hid in bathroom

Horrifying surveillance footage shows the moment an intruder smashed his way into a house in Lake County, Tennessee, as a terrified mother and her baby hid inside. © Keane Winchester ... Read more »

ESPN's Michael Wilbon Has Bold Suggestion On Derrick Henry

© Provided by The Spun Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry. The Tennessee Titans battled their way to an impressive win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football earlier this week. ... Read more »

Patriots great Ty Law on defense against Cowboys: 'Shameful'

© Provided by Fansided Patriots legend and Hall-of-Famer Ty Law saw the New England defense give up over 500 yards to the Cowboys and was none too pleased about it.  ... Read more »

Fantasy Football Week 7 Running Back Preview: Projections, DFS plays, waivers and more

© Provided by CBS Sports When you look at the running back projections for Week 7 at the bottom of this article, you are going to see names you never ... Read more »