Kent: Sam Billings aiming to seize FLt20 opportunity

Sam Billings (r)

Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings is aware he is under pressure to perform in the FLt20.

The 22-year-old is in the team ahead of the experienced Geraint Jones.

"Having two strings to your bow takes pressure off both. I've got no time to dwell on it - I have to get the job done," Billings told BBC Radio Kent.

"I have got to work hard and try and take this opportunity. Ultimately it's what I have to keep doing consistently for the next few years."

Billings has scored 255 runs at an average of 18.21 in his 16 T20 appearances for the county.

He was Kent's leading run scorer in one-day cricket in 2012 but this season is the first time he has been handed the gloves in Twenty20 competition.

"It is slightly different to the second team, in terms of the pace of the game and everything," he said.

"I need to get the basics nailed on and not try to change too much as I've been keeping well.

"I wasn't as good as I should have been against Middlesex but felt I came back strongly against Surrey and put in a decent performance with the gloves.

"We have got a strong squad so every place is under threat. I have to go out there, play with freedom and try and put some performances in."

Kent have lost their opening two matches in the South Group - by four wickets to Middlesex via the Duckworth-Lewis method and by 31 runs to Surrey.

However Billings believes his side are close to picking up their first victory in the tournament.

"It's two defeats from two but there are plenty of positives to take from both games," he said.

"We are not far away. That is the frustrating thing.

"We just need to string these performances and put it all into one.

"Hopefully we can put it all together and get a result on Friday [at home to Essex]."

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