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Key expecting disciplinary action

Kent captain Robert Key expects to be disciplined for showing dissent during his side's Twenty20 Cup final success over Gloucestershire at Edgbaston.

But the former England batsman insists it will not take the gloss of leading the Spitfires to only their third trophy success in 29 years.

Key was given out after Gloucestershire fielder Hamish Marshall held on to a low catch at mid-wicket.

But he was urged by his team-mates to go back into the middle when television replays suggested the ball may have been grounded.

Key stood for several seconds inside the ropes looking back into the middle and then hurled his bat over the boundary before finally walking off.

Key said: "Am I expecting the worst over my dissent? I would imagine I'm going to cop it a little bit but it's one of those things. It won't take the gloss off anything.

"I wasn't sure (about the dismissal) and then I got given out and, as I was walking off, the players in the dug-out by the boundary who had a monitor said the ball had bounced.

"I saw it on the big screen. I don't normally get frustrated by umpiring decisions and I wasn't frustrated. I just felt after seeing Kevin Pietersen turn around after being given out by England recently that maybe I could do it as well.

"He didn't seem to get any stick for it but maybe I'll cop it. As for the bat throwing, I throw my bat quite a lot when I get out.

"In Twenty20 you lob it back over the rope because you are disappointed for being out. I am just glad that we lifted the trophy."

Key admits he was confident from the start of pre-season that Kent could win some silverware this season.

He said: "At the start of this summer I said I was happy with the squad I had.

"Even when we lost the first couple of games against Sussex and Surrey I said 'just wait until we click'.

"When you turn up for pre-season you know in your heart of hearts whether you've got a team that is going to do something, and this year I was really happy with the staff.

"I felt that every player was a very good cricketer who could give match-winning performances. I always felt we could do something."

He added: "The Twenty20 is now one of the biggest competitions. When it first came out, some people didn't take it too seriously and we were one of them."

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