Kent Spitfires moved closer to a Lord’s final after a fifth successive win secured a top-three spot in the Royal London One-Day Cup.
A seven-wicket win against Gloucestershire at The County Ground means the Spitfires will be at home in the knockout stages if they can beat neighbours Essex on Wednesday.
If Kent win at Essex on Wednesday and Hampshire lose to Somerset, then Kent will win the group and get a home semi-final.
If Kent win at Essex on Wednesday and Hampshire beat Somerset, then Kent will finish second in the group and get a home quarter-final (known as a play-off).
If Kent lose at Essex on Wednesday, then Kent will finish third in the group and get an away quarter-final UNLESS the margin of victory is so slim that Kent remain ahead of Essex on net run rate, and then Kent will finish second.
Kent member Martin Shaw has calculated two scenarios for how narrow the margin of defeat to Essex would need to be for Kent to still remain above them in the table, and thus finish second to earn a home quarter-final.
If Essex bat first and post 300 and win by 7 runs or fewer then Kent stay second in the table on net tun rate.
If Kent bat first and post 250 and Essex win in 48.4 overs or later then Kent stay second on net run rate.