Cook looking to build One Day Cup momentum

Cook looking to build One Day Cup momentum

After victory in their first match away at Scarborough, Kent Spitfires are back in action on Kentish soil this Sunday with the visit of Leicestershire Foxes.

Interim Head Coach Simon Cook, who is leading the Spitfires whilst Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker is away, has been discussing the impact of a win first up & the momentum that can bring in his Programme Notes for this coming weekend’s match-up.

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“It was fantastic to start our defence of the One Day Cup with a victory, away against a strong Yorkshire Vikings side, at a ground where the team that is batting second statistically wins 75% of the time”, he says.

The Spitfires recorded a 2-run DLS victory, helped massively by a one-handed, diving catch from Harry Finch off the bowling of debutant James Bazley – five balls later the players were off for yet another rain delay & the match abandoned with Kent ahead of the DLS par due to that big wicket.

Former player Cook also felt that individuals stood up & were counted for faced with tough situations with the bat.

“I thought Ben Compton’s innings gave us a much-needed platform for others to play their natural game alongside him, & we then saw what Joey Evison can do – playing himself in before accelerating hard to make a new career-best List A score for himself.”

The Spitfires recovered from 49/4 to raising 282/9, thanks to Compton & Evison’s tons, & then put the pressure on straight away with the ball – Bazley dismissing Finlay Bean with his sixth delivery as a Spitfire.

“Then with the ball we were able to keep Yorkshire in-line, with wickets coming at the right time. Harry Finch performed well behind the stumps & James Bazley got us some vital wickets on debut.

“In this competition we need to find the form we had that propelled us to Trent Bridge – a result like that is exactly what’s needed.

“It could have gone either way but our performance meant that we went away with the points.

“This is a talented squad, with multiple internationals & several young talents.

“All will need to perform individually, but I’m a firm believer in success coming from a team being greater than the sum of its parts.

“This, added with support from the sidelines from yourselves, can help us achieve something special again.”

The Spitfires welcome Leicestershire Foxes to The County Ground, Beckenham this Sunday.

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