Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond signs contract extension

Daniel Bell-Drummond
Daniel Bell-Drummond has scored two centuries in the County Championship for Kent this summer

Kent batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond has signed an extended contract with his home county.

Lewisham-born, Millfield-educated Bell-Drummond, who turns 22 next week, is currently one of 16 home-grown players in the Kent squad.

"Daniel was on the radar of our age-group coaches from an early age," said chairman of cricket Graham Johnson.

"We are confident that investing in young talent will pay dividends in the long term."

The beat of the Drummond
Daniel Bell-Drummond hit back-to-back County Championship centuries at Canterbury in May, then made 127 against Australia in June. Added to that, his 330 runs in the T20 Blast have helped Kent earn a home tie in the quarter-finals - against Lancashire on 15 August.

He added: "Sam Billings' selection for England this summer is further evidence of that. We are trying to build a squad for success in the long term and Daniel's signing shows he believes in the project."

Bell-Drummond said: "It's been great to grow up with this group of lads. Team spirit is great. You can see the progress we've made, particularly in limited-overs. Championship cricket can be tough on result pitches but I'm confident there's more to come from us in the longer format."