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David Griffiths returns for NatWest T20 Blast match at Glamorgan

Thursday 16th June 2016

Men’s First Team

Paceman David Griffiths returns to the Kent Spitfires squad for the NatWest T20 Blast match against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

The 30-year-old was rested for the Royal London One-Day Cup matches against Somerset and Essex and returns to a 13-man squad for the trip to Wales.

Glamorgan retain an unchanged squad with South Africa paceman Dale Steyn making his penultimate Blast appearance of the season.

Kent and England batsman Sam Billings hit a scintillating unbeaten 106 in Kent’s Royal London One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan on Sunday and is delighted to have found his form at the right time.

The right-hander, who turned 25 this week, said: “It’s instinctive really when you play an innings like that. You’re not really thinking, you’re just watching the ball and trying to hit it in the middle of the bat.

“Yes, as a batter, you have your ideas of your favourite scoring areas and, ideally, you want to be able to score 360 degrees of the wicket. But the best bowlers in the world give you no idea of what’s coming up next, whether it be a slower ball, bumper or a yorker.

“The trick for me now is to continue this form and keep putting some scores on the board.”

Kent Spitfires squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 48 Tom Latham, 3 Darren Stevens, 30 Fabian Cowdrey, 7 Sam Billings, 10 Alex Blake, 26 Matt Coles, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon, 15 James Tredwell, 18 David Griffiths.

Glamorgan squad: Jacques Rudolph, David Lloyd, Colin Ingram, Aneurin Donald, Chris Cooke, Graham Wagg, Craig Meschede, Dale Steyn, Timm van der Gugten, Dean Cosker, Michael Hogan, Andrew Salter, Mark Wallace.

Glamorgan v Kent Spitfires stats:

o Kent Spitfires won their initial four meetings with Glamorgan but have failed to win the two matches played since (T1 L1).

o The Spitfires are yet to taste defeat in Wales (W2 T1).

o Four of the last five games played in Cardiff have been won by the side batting second.

o Joe Denly has scored more runs from slogged efforts than anyone else this summer (44).