Hampshire v Kent (Fri, 7pm)

Friday 3rd August 2018

Men’s First XI

Vitality Blast

Hampshire v Kent (Fri, 7pm)

Kent Spitfires travel to Southampton on Friday as they bid to cement top spot and move a step closer to a place in the Vitality Blast quarter-finals.

With six matches remaining in the South Group, three more wins should guarantee a place in the knockout stages.

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The Spitfires are look to complete a T20 double after hitting their record score against Hampshire in the opening group game at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Bowling all-rounder Grant Stewart is added to the squad for tomorrow with Mitch Claydon (back) and Joe Denly (ankle) carrying niggles.

James Tredwell is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

The hosts include three specialist spinners with second XI left-armer Jake Lintott joining England international Liam Dawson and exciting 17-year-old Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman in the squad.

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Kent Spitfires squad: 7 Sam Billings (c/wk), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 10 Alex Blake, 6 Joe Denly, 58 Sean Dickson, 25 Calum Haggett, 4 Heino Kuhn, 20 Adam Milne, 1 Harry Podmore, 11 Imran Qayyum, 9 Grant Stewart, 17 Marcus Stoinis, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Hampshire squad: Colin Munro (82), Lewis McManus (18), Chris Wood (25), Rilee Rossouw (30), Sam Northeast (17), Joe Weatherley (5), Gareth Berg (13), Ryan Stevenson (47), James Vince (14, c), Liam Dawson (8), Tom Alsop (9), Kyle Abbott (51), Fidel Edwards (20), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (88), Jake Lintott (11).

Stat attack

  • Since Adam Milne joined Kent, he has taken 13 wickets in the death overs (16-20) at an average of 4 with an economy rate of 4.4.
  • In 26 T20 matches between the counties, Hampshire have won 14, Kent 11 with one tie.
  • Their highest score at home is 184
  • Joe Denly (102) is one of two Spitfires batsmen to hit more than 100 sixes in English domestic T20 cricket (Darren Stevens has hit 143)

See the Spitfires at The Spitfire Ground this Sunday (5 August) against Gloucestershire and at The County Ground, Beckenham next Sunday (12 August) against Middlesex. Both matches start at 3pm with gates opening at 1pm.

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