CB40: Come and enjoy the perfect family day out this Sunday

Thursday 22nd July 2010

Kent v Hampshire
Clydesdale Bank 40 – Group C
Sunday, 25 July 2010. 1.45pm start
St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury

Kent return to CB40 action on Sunday when they host Hampshire in a game that both side“s need to win. With fun for all the family, and a fine afternoon of cricket in store, the St Lawrence Ground promises to be an exciting place.

At the halfway stage, Kent are nicely poised to mount an attack on a qualifying place for the semi-finals as they sit in third position with six points from their first six games. The top team from each group and the best runner-up qualify for the next stage. Hampshire, on the other hand, are second from bottom, one place above Scotland, with four points from their first six games so they desperately need the points to get back amongst the leaders. It“s a big game and both sides will be gunning for victory.

Kent“s elevated position in the group was boosted by two wins in ten days against Scotland in May, the second of which was the last time the Spitfires had an outing in this competition. The game, played at the St Lawrence Ground, was South African legend Makhaya Ntini“s last for the club and it ended on a winning note. The home side batted first, and despite starts from Joe Denly (21), Rob Key (24), Geraint Jones (24) and Darren Stevens (25), they were faltering at 113-5 in the 24th over. However, the arrival of Alex Blake and Azhar Mahmood soon changed the course of the game as they put on 102 for the sixth wicket, inside 14 overs. Mahmood made 44 but it was the youngster, Blake, a product of the successful Kent pathway for young cricketers, who impressed as he reverse-swept and powerfully drove himself to an unbeaten 56-ball 81 to further outline his emerging talents. Kent“s total of 249-7 would prove to be far too strong for the Scots.

Ntini claimed one wicket, as he finished his stint with the county with figures of 1-28 off his allotted eight overs, but it was Amjad Khan who impressed the most. His figures of 3-32 helped reduce the visitors to 191-7 to hand Kent a comfortable 58 run victory. For Scotland George Bailey“s 70 provided some resistance but it wasn“t enough as Simon Cook (2-50) also impressed with the ball for the Spitfires.

Hampshire have also come into some form in the group stages by winning their previous two matches and, like Sunday“s opponents, they overcame Scotland in their last outing at the Rose Bowl. A fifty from Jimmy Adams was complimented by Sean Ervine (43) and Neil McKenzie (41) as the home side posted a solid yet unspectacular 237-9.

Scotland looked to be in with a chance of causing an upset at one stage as Omer Hussain (42) and Bailey, impressing again with 90, led them to 123-1 with 14 overs remaining. However three wickets apiece for Chris Wood and James Tomlinson, combined with Sri Lankan spinner Ragana Herath“s 2-35, meant Scotland“s reply subsided to 206 all-out as Hampshire claimed victory by 31 runs.

With points to play for and the forecast looking good for Sunday it“s promises to be another exciting afternoon – and the cricket is not just all we have on offer. Make sure you bring all the family along as we have plenty to offer the younger generation of fans. The Bouncy Castle is all fired up and ready to go for the kids to enjoy and everyone can show their support to the Spitfires with the face painter ready to cover you in Kent colours. Also, there will be a coaching sessions so any budding young talents can hone their skills with our dedicated Kent coach. Then, at the end of play, you can meet the players themselves, as you will be given the chance to get the autographs of the Kent stars.

With tickets still available, don“t miss out on what promises to be a great day. The game is free for Kent members and tickets will be available on the gate for non-members, priced at £25 for adults and £10 for juniors. Come along and hopefully see the Spitfires claim a valuable win!

Team director Paul Farbrace has named a 13-man squad for the clash with Azhar Mahmood and James Goodman coming into the reckoning after missing out on selection for the LV=CC game against Somerset. Captain Rob Key continues to recover from a broken little finger so Martin van Jaarsveld will continue to lead the side.

Opponents Hampshire also have injury issues themselves as captain Dimitri Mascarenhas and vice-captain/wicketkeeper Nic Pothas have both been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. This means Dominic Cork will captain the side and young keeper Michael Bates gets his chance to shine. Kevin Pietersen, made available by England, will not play.

Kent (from): Joe Denly, Sam Northeast, Martin van Jaarsveld (C), Geraint Jones (W), Darren Stevens, Alex Blake, Azhar Mahmood, Malinga Bandara, James Tredwell, Matt Coles, Simon Cook, Amjad Khan, James Goodman

Hampshire (from): Michael Lumb, Chris Benham, Michael Carberry, James Vince, Jimmy Adams, Sean Ervine, Neil McKenzie, Michael Bates (W), Dan Christian, Abdul Razzaq, Dominic Cork (C), Danny Briggs, Chris Wood

Please note that the pavilion will be closed to members until during the interval as a number of former capped players are coming to the ground on Sunday.

Picture:Sarah Ansell