Stevens proud of Cummins
Stevens proud of Cummins

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens has credited Miguel Cummins for his role on the duo’s record-breaking partnership against Glamorgan last week.

Coming together in the middle with the Spitfires 128/8 in their first innings, Stevens and Cummins put on 166 for the ninth wicket, a Kent record against Glamorgan.

Cummins scored just one run from 55 balls in the partnership, leaving Stevens to register 96.39% of the runs in his 190 – the highest percentage of runs scored by one person in any partnership over 93 in first-class cricket history.

Stevens stole the headlines with his century, but has since praised Cummins for his role in the innings.

“He was a gem” said Stevens. “When he came out, I said to him ‘look mate, it is a lovely pitch. Play the line – if you nick it, you nick it, and if you don’t, you don’t. Just don’t go searching for it, and we will put a decent partnership on here.”

“He played beautifully. He left well anything on the stumps he patted it back nicely. We kept it very simple – and that was it. It was as simple as possible.”

Cummins hit his first boundary of his innings off the 56th ball – the first ball he faced after Stevens’ dismissal.

“He deserved that!” Stevens joked. “If there was ever a ball he deserved to hit, it was that one.”

Cummins has only played seven games for Kent, but he and Stevens have batted for a long time together before.

In the opening game of the season, the two put on 63 for the 10th wicket against Northamptonshire on Cummins’ debut, and Stevens suggested the West Indian had a similar role to play in that game.

“If I go back to the 100 I got at Northants, I was on about 70 and when he walked in” said the 45-year-old. “He went ‘hey man, I will get you to 100 and then I will play some shots.’”

Stevens finished unbeaten on 116 that day, with Cummins falling for 24.

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