Full name Alexander James Blake
Born January 25, 1989, Farnborough, Kent
Current age 30 years 115 days
Major teams Kent, Kent 2nd XI, Leeds/Bradford MCCU
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|First-class debut||Kent v New Zealanders at Canterbury, Apr 28-30, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury, May 14-17, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Surrey at Canterbury, Sep 4, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Kent v Middlesex at Canterbury, May 7, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Essex v Kent at Chelmsford, Jun 2, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Kent v Lancashire at Canterbury, Aug 23, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|34, 0/9, 22||Kent||v Yorkshire||Canterbury||14 May 2019||FC|
|0/11, 43||Kent||v Middlesex||Canterbury||7 May 2019||LA|
|13*||Kent||v Essex||Beckenham||5 May 2019||LA|
|-||Kent||v Surrey||The Oval||2 May 2019||LA|
|0/19, 89||Kent||v Pakistan||Beckenham||27 Apr 2019||LA|
|-||Kent||v Glamorgan||Cardiff||25 Apr 2019||LA|
|10, 1/32||Kent||v Gloucs||Bristol||23 Apr 2019||LA|
|2, 0/58||Kent||v Sussex||Beckenham||21 Apr 2019||LA|
|24||Kent||v Somerset||Taunton||19 Apr 2019||LA|
|0/29, 20||Kent||v Hampshire||Canterbury||17 Apr 2019||LA|
Alex Blake, a dangerous left-handed hitter, seems forever destined to be a limited-overs specialist at Kent, however much he protests he would also like to advance in the four-day game.
A product of the Kent academy, Farnborough-born Blake represented England U-19 in ODIs and made his first-class debut in 2008 against the New Zealand tourists but he has struggled to cement a place in Kent's Championship side. He scored his maiden century, against Yorkshire, at the end of the 2010 campaign but 10 seasons after his first-class debut it remained his only first-class century.
Blake caught the attention with some whirlwind displays in white-ball cricket in 2015 as part of an exciting Kent side that reached two cup quarter-finals and brought hopes of better times ahead without managing to win a trophy. Three innings stood out: a career-best 71 not out from just 30 balls against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl which turned Kent's T20 season, 59 in 24 balls against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham to secure that last-eight place, and another pulverising effort from a seemingly hopeless position against Lancashire at Canterbury in a losing cause over 50 overs. He resisted overtures from Sussex at the end of 2015 to remain with Kent, his native county, but expressed his desire to make progress in the four-day game.
When he did mark a mark in the Championship in 2016, the headlines again told of his capacity for big hitting as he struck the only three balls he received for six, from the legspinner Matt Critchley, to seal a victory against Derbyshire in Derby.
The following season saw him omitted entirely from the Championship side, his four-day ambitions no closer to being realised. There was his first List A century to relish, however, a whirlwind affair in Taunton - 116 from 58 balls with 10 fours and seven sixes - but Kent still finished on the losing side.