Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires (Fri, 7pm)

Friday 10th August 2018

Men’s First XI

Vitality Blast

Sussex Sharks v Kent Spitfires (Fri, 7pm)

The Spitfires travel to Hove to take on Sussex Sharks with the race for a quarter-final spot heating up in the South Group.

Kent sit second in the table, three points adrift of leaders Somerset on 16 points after 11 matches with Glamorgan third and Gloucestershire fourth, each on 13 points.

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Head coach Matt Walker said his side can take encouragement from the rain-affected home match against Sussex last month: “We batted brilliantly against them and started very positively, particularly against Rashid Khan.

“We’ve generally done well against all the high-quality spinners we’ve faced so far like Rashid and Mujeeb at Hampshire.

“The message is to play the ball not the man. We can’t be affected by the great players they have in their ranks and play with positivity.

“They are a dangerous side but there are so many in this group. The bowlers need to be religious with their disciplines as one or two sloppy overs can kill you in this format.

“We are one of four or five sides at the top and keep winning to secure a quarter-final.”

Australian duo Marcus Stoinis (hamstring) and Mitch Claydon (groin) are out so batsman Zak Crawley and paceman Grant Stewart could make their Kent T20 debuts.

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Kent Spitfires squad: 7 Sam Billings (c/wk), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 10 Alex Blake, 16 Zak Crawley, 6 Joe Denly, 58 Sean Dickson, 25 Calum Haggett, 4 Heino Kuhn, 20 Adam Milne, 1 Harry Podmore, 11 Imran Qayyum, 9 Grant Stewart, 17 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Sussex Sharks squad: 10. Luke Wright (c), 22. Jofra Archer, 18. Will Beer, 21. Danny Briggs, 42. Tom Bruce, 5. Michael Burgess (wk), 32. Laurie Evans, 8. Chris Jordan, 1. Rashid Khan, 7. Tymal Mills, 9. Delray Rawlins, 25. Ollie Robinson, 28. Phil Salt, 96. David Wiese.

See the Spitfires at The County Ground, Beckenham on Sunday (12 August, 3pm) against Middlesex. Gates open at 1pm.

The final home group game is against Somerset at The Spitfire Ground next Thursday (16 August, 7pm). Gates 5pm.

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