Darren Stevens, 45, called "Benjamin Button of cricket" after Finals Day triumph

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 helping his side win the tournament.

The 45-year-old starred in his side's semi-final win over Sussex and then contributed to their 25-run win in the final against Somerset.

In the semi-final, Daniel Bell-Drummond held the innings together at the top for Kent, making an impressive 82 from just 51 balls, before 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 semi-final, 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."

And Kent went on to win the tournament for the first time in 14 years, with Jordan Cox starring in the final.

Speaking after the win, Stevens said: "The boys have been outstanding the whole tournament, to turn it on for the last two games.

"I'm lost for words. These young lads keep me going, keep spurring me on, I love the game and I ain't gonna stop yet.

"Cox, he's a special talent, for a 21-year-old, so calm when I was batting with him, he's got a bright future ahead of him.

"The fans have been outstanding, it's been buzzing and it's not stopped."

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