Kent’s talisman 41-year old all-rounder, Darren Stevens, was forced to cut short his innings after suffering a nasty blow to the back of the head during their second innings against second division high fliers, Nottinghamshire.
Gurney, who played with Stevens at Leicestershire previously and is a close friend of his, appeared devastated at the turn of events – although he was relieved that Stevens escaped major injury. “He came in and was playing some shots so I tried to make life unpleasant for him because he’s not a spring chicken any more,” Gurney said. “I ran in and bowled a bouncer and caught him on the head, which as a bowler is tricky because you want to intimidate the batsman and encourage them to make a mistake.
“But Stevo is a mate of mine and it wasn’t nice to see him down on the deck like that, although I’ve just seen him and he’s ok,” he added.
Stevens was the second player to join the injury list after Nottinghamshire and England pace bowler, Jake Ball. The strapping seamer was sent for scans after having suffered a knee injury, putting his chances of an England call-up for the first Test against South Africa in jeopardy.