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Key hails perfect Spitfires win

Kent celebrate
Kent players celebrate taking the wicket of Durham's David Warner

Kent captain Rob Key has praised his side's perfect performance, after they reached their third successive Twenty20 Cup semi-final.

The 30-year-old who led his side to the title in 2007, described their 56 run win over Durham as "one of those days where everything just went right."

"Everything we tried seem to come off," he told BBC Radio Kent.

"It's an easy job captaining a team when the bowlers bowl like that and they bowled brilliantly."

Key added: "We should have done better with the bat, we got ourselves in a position to get 180, but credit to them they bowled pretty well and they clawed it back brilliantly."

I've had a pretty ordinary year up until the last few weeks and I'm starting to feel better and better every time

Rob Key

The Spitfires skipper admitted that before the game he was weary of Durham's international stars, especially England fast bowler Steve Harmison.

"Durham was probably the team I didn't want to get to be completely honest as they're a fantastic side.

"I was pleased to see Steve Harmison not here. The first thing when you see Durham you think 'please no Harmy', and fortunately he wasn't.

"It was also handy playing at home because we had a good idea of the wicket."

Key, who scored 30, and shared a first wicket partnership of 69 with fellow opener Joe Denly, admitted his own form has returned at just the right time.

"I've had a pretty ordinary year up until the last few weeks and I'm starting to feel better and better every time."

Key paid tribute to South African fast bowler Wayne Parnell, who took two Durham wickets, but his current contract is due expire before finals day on 15 August.

He thrives on it, he wants to be the centre of attention

Simon Willis on Wayne Parnell

"When you get him on a quiet cold championship game, it doesn't get his juices going as much as it does playing in front of a crowd, which is just another reason why I think he's going to be a fantastic cricketer."

Coach Simon Willis confirmed that Kent will work hard to extend the 19-year-old's contract, to ensure he can help their push for more silverware.

"He wanted to get Kent to a finals day and we're going to put a lot of pressure on Cricket South Africa now because we want this boy involved.

"He wants to be involved, so hopefully between the two of us we can get him there.

"He thrives on it, he wants to be the centre of attention.

"As long as he keeps his feet on the ground, his body stays strong, the kid's got a big future."

Kent failed to defend their title in 2008, after losing a tightly fought final with Middlesex, but Joe Denly aims to put that right this year.

"That Edgbaston day was one of the best moments of my career and was fantastic to be a part of," he said.

"The Rose Bowl last year was still a great day and to come so close was disappointing."

Many commentators now see Kent as favourites to win the Twenty20 Cup, but that's something Key is keen to play down.

"Being favourites doesn't mean anything.

"Twenty20 is a great game, but a horrible game at times because you never know what's going to happen.

"In this form of the cricket, one bloke can ruin your day, one bloke can smack a hundred and you're struggling to come back from that."

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