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Kent look to extend unbeaten start to Specsavers County Championship

Saturday 25th June 2016

Men’s First Team

Kent aim to continue their unbeaten start to the Specsavers County Championship season with the visit of Derbyshire to the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Sunday (26 June, 11am start).

Daniel Bell-Drummond is sidelined with a hand injury so Sean Dickson could be promoted to the top of the order with Alex Blake returning in the middle order.

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Matt Coles, Calum Haggett and Ivan Thomas are also unavailable so Adam Ball, Matt Hunn and Sam Weller are all in contention to come into the Kent attack.

For Derbyshire, all-rounder Shiv Thakor returns from injury and 20-year-old duo Rob Hemmings and Will Davis keep their places, having made their Championship debuts last week.

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 48 Tom Latham, 58 Sean Dickson, 6 Joe Denly, 3 Darren Stevens, 10 Alex Blake, 7 Sam Billings (w), 24 Adam Ball, 15 James Tredwell, 8 Mitch Claydon, 14 Matt Hunn, 19 Sam Weller.

Derbyshire squad: 1. Billy Godleman, 72. Hamish Rutherford, 22. Chesney Hughes, 77. Wayne Madsen, 4. Neil Broom, 57. Shiv Thakor, 26. Ben Slater, 23. Tom Poynton, 24. Rob Hemmings, 28. Tony Palladino, 20. Matt Critchley, 36. Ben Cotton, 44. Will Davis

Kent v Derbyshire stats:

– Kent have only lost once in their last six matches against Derbyshire (W3 D2).

– Kent are unbeaten in 11 matches heading into this contest (W3 D8).

– Conversely, Derbyshire are without a win in 13 matches (D8 L5).

– Wayne Madsen (Derbyshire) posted a century (103) in their last meeting versus Kent; he comes into this game on the back of scoring 109 against Worcestershire.

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