Tom delighted by first T20 hundred

Tom Banton made headlines again when he hit a century against Kent on Saturday evening in his 13th Vitality Blast match for Somerset.

Tom’s ton was significant for two reasons, not only was it the 20-year-old’s maiden century in T20 cricket, but it also resulted in Somerset beating Kent for the first time in this format since 2011.

No wonder Tom, who’s century came off 51 balls with nine fours and five sixes, was feeling pleased when he talked about his innings afterwards.

“Before I walked out to bat we were told that the last time we’d beaten Kent was eight years ago,” he said. “So it was nice to be able to put in a performance and bring that run to an end. The boys fielded well, it was my day with the bat and it just came off for me.”

Tom scored a century against Kent earlier in the season in the Royal London One-Day Cup, so what is it about their bowling that he likes?

“I don’t know, but I think you often have that one team that you enjoy batting against and for me it seems to be Kent at the moment, although I’m not really sure why.

“To begin with the pitch was slow so I gave myself a bit more time and didn’t try to go from the first few balls. I think that was the key for me. Even though it wasn’t an easy wicket, we got 200.”

How did it feel when Tom hit a six to bring up his maiden T20 century?

“It’s the best feeling that I’ve ever had to be honest, and I don’t think that anything will ever beat that.

“I think we’ve always been good but in T20 cricket things can happen on the day. We said we wanted to try to get on a roll, which is what we’ve done and now we’ve beaten three very good teams.”

Tom added: “This was the best crowd I think that I’ve ever played in front of at Taunton, and when we’re fielding everyone is getting right behind us.”

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