FP t20: Kent Spitfires v Surrey Lions match preview

Monday 21st June 2010

Kent Spitfires v Surrey Lions
Friends Provident t20 – South Division
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 – 5.30pm start
The County Ground, Beckenham

It“s the second of the back-to-back Friends Provident t20 games to be played at Beckenham this week, as the Kent Spitfires take on the Surrey Lions in a must-win clash for the home side.

The Spitfires, one of the best t20 sides in recent years, will be looking to register victory against their arch rivals and prove their worth in attempting to reach a fourth consecutive finals day. Last Friday, they fell to the Lions by 15 runs in a rain-affected clash at the Brit Oval. Their main nemesis that day was former Kent all-rounder Andrew Symonds. The Aussie smashed 62, off just 32 balls, to help the home side to victory. Then, in the first of the Beckenham double-header, Somerset Sabres came to town and, inspired by West Indian t20 specialist Kieron Pollard, ran out comfortable 84-run victors. The Sabres total of 189-4 was powered by 77 from James Hildreth before Pollard (4-15) shone with the ball.

As the south division stands currently, Rob Key“s men still have a good chance of finishing in the top four. If they do this then they will progress to the quarter-finals. Therefore, a win is crucial for the Spitfires as they look to add to their four point tally.

The Lions are currently two places above the Spitfires, having picked up three victories from their opening seven games. Their last outing, however, ended in defeat at the hands of league leaders Sussex Sharks. Despite chasing a very gettable 159, the Lions fell away after a solid start from captain Rory Hamilton-Brown (24) and England Lions wicketkeeper-bat Steven Davies (35), and they were skittled out for 119 as former Middlesex Panther Chad Keegan took 3-11 for the Sharks.

The Spitfires are still without the injured Joe Denly and Amjad Khan so team director Paul Farbrace (pictured) continues to battle through with a depleted squad.

Kent Spitfires: Key (C), van Jaarsveld, Northeast, G Jones (W), Stevens, Blake, Mahmood, Tredwell, Coles, Bandara, Cook, Goodman.

Tickets are still available. You can purchase on the gate. The price is £25 for adults and £10 for juniors. Plenty of car parking is available at the ground. Gates open at 3.30pm, with the action beginning at 5.30.

After our game against the Middlesex Panthers, the Kent Spitfires still have a further six home group matches. You can book tickets, and take advantage of our seven day in-advance ticket offer, by clicking here.

Picture:Sarah Ansell