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Jones previews T20 trip to Essex Eagles

Saturday 30th May 2009

THE Kent Spitfires will look to make it four wins out of five when they play The Essex Eagles at Chelmsford tonight. The Spitfires go into the game on the back of three straight wins and top of the Twenty20 Cup South Division.

Wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, who played a key part in yesterday’s win over Sussex Sharks, is looking forward to the game at the Ford County Ground: ‘It“s always good fun over at Essex. Their supporters make lots of noise and get right behind their players. They do give out a bit of stick to the visiting players but there is nothing wrong with that and I think it“s important to realise that it isn“t personal.“

Kent, and second placed Essex, are the only two sides yet to lose in the division and Jones knows that it will be another close battle between two well matched sides: ‘Both sides are in a good position at the top of the table and we are playing some good cricket. It“s important to keep things going and hopefully keep winning. We are in a strong division and still have some good sides to play. It will be difficult at Essex but we go there confident on the back of three good wins.“

Kent will once again be without skipper Rob Key, who is on international duty with England. The unchanged 12-man squad is as follows: van Jaarsveld (C), Denly, Hockley, Jones (W), Stevens, Kemp, Tredwell, Mahmood, McLaren, Cook, Joseph, Northeast

Picture of Azhar Mahmood and Martin van Jaarsveld courtesy of www.arpics.co.uk.