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Friday 20th August 2010

Kent Spitfires v Nottinghamshire Outlaws
Clydesdale Bank 40 – Group C
Sunday, 22 August 2010. 1.45pm start
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

The Kent Spitfires need a victory over second placed Nottinghamshire Outlaws on Sunday if they are to keep their CB40 qualification hopes alive in a game where kids can watch for free, thanks to our one-day sponsors ECL Telecom.

Rob Key’s men need the points as they sit in mid-table of group c, and with only the top team guaranteed a place in the semi-finals, a win over the Outlaws is a must, but the east midlanders harbour their own hopes of qualification as a win at the St Lawrence Ground could send them top. So with much to play for, it promises to be a pulsating encounter.

Last time out in this competition, Sri Lankan leg-spinner Malinga Bandara (pictured) inspired a crushing victory over the Leicestershire Foxes at the St Lawrence Ground. Despite getting off to a flying start, the Foxes soon fell to the wily spin-bowler as he recorded fine figures of 5-35 as the visitors crumbled to 148 all-out. Martin van Jaarsveld also chipped in with 3-23. The Spitfires then made light work of the chase as van Jaarsveld (56*), Key (26) and Joe Denly (39) hurried the home side to an eight wicket win with more than 23 overs to spare.

Notts also claimed victory in their last outing as they overcame fellow qualification chasers Warwickshire Bears in a rain-affected match at Trent Bridge. With the game restricted to 16 overs a-side, the Bears could only post 81 for six as Paul Franks took 2-19 for the Outlaws. Chris Read’s side then had no trouble in knocking the runs off as David Hussey’s 12-ball 34 ignited their seven wicket win.

A victory is crucial for both sides so please show your support and get along to the St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury. Tickets are available on the gate and cost £25 for adults with children admitted for free.

Team Director Paul Farbrace has named a 13-man squad for the clash as Azhar Mahmood returns to contention alongside Bandara, after the duo missed out against Lancashire last week. Fast bowler Amjad Khan is rested.

Kent squad: Key (C), Denly, van Jaarsveld, Jones (W), Stevens, Blake, Azhar, Tredwell, Coles, Bandara, Cook, Northeast, Nel.

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