Gloucestershire v Kent Spitfires (Wed, 3pm)

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Men’s First XI

Vitality Blast

Gloucestershire v Kent Spitfires (Wed, 3pm)

Kent Spitfires will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the Vitality Blast at Bristol when they face Gloucestershire on Wednesday.

After wins on the road at Surrey and Somerset, the Spitfires face a third successive away game to start the 20-over campaign.

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Head coach Matt Walker names an unchanged squad with the option of recalling Ivan Thomas or giving Harry Podmore his T20 debut for Kent to freshen up the attack.

Australia T20 international seamer Andrew Tye will not make his season debut until Friday and Benny Howell (groin) and Liam Norwell (hamstring) are sidelined for the hosts.

The amended 3pm start time will allow players, members and supporters the chance to watch England’s semi-final match at the FIFA World Cup later in the day.

There will be live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio Kent (online/DAB) and TV coverage on Sky Sports from 2.55pm.

Kent Spitfires squad: 7 Sam Billings (c/wk), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 10 Alex Blake, 26 Carlos Brathwaite, 6 Joe Denly, 58 Sean Dickson, 25 Calum Haggett, 4 Heino Kuhn, 20 Adam Milne, 1 Harry Podmore, 11 Imran Qayyum, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Gloucestershire squad: Klinger (c), Hammond, Cockbain, Roderick, Hankins, Higgins, J.Taylor, van Buuren, Noema-Barnett, Smith, Payne, M.Taylor, Liddle.

See the Spitfires at Beckenham on Friday (13 July, 5.30pm) and at The Spitfire Ground against Surrey (20 July, 7pm) and Sussex Sharks (27 July, 7pm).

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Stat attack

  • No batsman has scored more centuries in English domestic T20 cricket than Michael Klinger (6)
  • Gloucestershire have scored 10 T20 hundreds, all by overseas internationals: Klinger (6), Marshall (2), Harvey, O’Brien
  • Kent Spitfires have won eight and lost five of the 13 previous fixtures against Gloucestershire
  • Joe Denly (3,060) requires 69 more runs to become Kent’s highest T20 run-scorer of all-time
  • Sam Billings requires 88 more runs to reach 1,500 T20 runs for Kent

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