Leicestershire v Kent (Friday, 11am)

Leicestershire v Kent (Friday, 11am)

Kent aim to continue the perfect start to the Specsavers County Championship with victory at Leicester.

Head coach Matt Walker said: “We’ve played good four-day cricket so far so it’s dangerous to get funky and chop and change too much.

“The guys are in pretty good form. We’ve drawn a line under the One-Day Cup run and we’re looking to bounce back at Leicester.

“The squad has got us near to the top of the table will be the ones that will continue with one or two enforced changes in the bowling department.”

Sam Northeast leads a 13-man squad with places for seamers Calum Haggett and Matt Hunn as Mitch Claydon is on compassionate leave.

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 10 Alex Blake, 42 Will Gidman, 3 Darren Stevens, 12 Adam Rouse (wk), 25 Calum Haggett, 26 Matt Coles, 15 James Tredwell, 4 James Harris, 14 Matt Hunn.

Leicestershire squad: 2 Paul Horton, 5 Harry Dearden, 55 Mark Cosgrove (c), 33 Ned Eckersley, 6 Mark Pettini, 84 Colin Ackermann, 19 Tom Wells, 23 Lewis Hill (wk), 32 Zak Chappell, 7 Gavin Griffiths, 77 Dieter Klein, 27 Clint McKay, 10 Callum Parkinson.

Leicestershire v Kent stats:

  • Kent are enjoying a 14-game unbeaten run versus Leicestershire (W5 D9).
  • In fact, Kent have only lost once in their last 13 visits to Leicestershire (W5 D7).
  • Kent have avoided defeat in 20 of their last 22 matches (W9 D11); winning all three of their games this term.
  • Darren Stevens (Kent) has posted the most runs (296) and taken the most wickets (22) in Division Two so far this summer.

Head-to-head record: played 160, won 78, lost 29, drawn/tied 53.

We return to Tunbridge Wells next weekend to take on neighbours Sussex for a Bank Holiday match in the Specsavers County Championship

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