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Kent Spitfires name squad to play Gloucestershire at Beckenham

Thursday 4th June 2015

Men’s First Team

Table-topping Kent Spitfires welcome a familiar face in the Gloucestershire side in Friday's NatWest T20 Blast match at The County Ground, Beckenham (5.30pm start).

Former vice-captain and ex-England gloveman Geraint Jones is set to keep wicket for the visitors after 15 years at Kent.

Kent captain Sam Northeast is the top run-scorer in the competition after hitting 96 at Beckenham last Friday and 114 at Taunton against Somerset on Sunday.

The skipper said: “Beckenham feels like home for all the guys. It’s great to come to a place and feel comfortable.

"Everyone enjoys playing here. There’s always a good crowd, a good pitch and we’re all really looking forward to the game.”

Kent Spitfires squad:17 Sam Northeast (capt), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 20 Sam Billings (wkt), 30 Fabian Cowdrey, 3 Darren Stevens, 10 Alex Blake, 7 Ryan Davies, 24 Adam Ball, 25 Calum Haggett, 26 Matt Coles, 8 Mitch Claydon, 14 Matt Hunn, 33 Adam Riley.

Gloucestershire squad:2 Michael Klinger (capt), 15 Chris Dent, 28 Ian Cockbain, 54 Peter Handscomb, 9 Hamish Marshall, 8 Geraint Jones (wkt), 11 Kieran Noema-Barnett, 13 Benny Howell, 10 Jack Taylor, 26 James Fuller, 6 Tom Smith, 14 David Payne, 36 Matt Taylor.

Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire:

· Gloucestershire’s win at Bristol last season was their first 20-over victory in seven matches against Kent.

· Nine of Kent’s last 10 T20s have been won by the team batting first.

· Only Chris Gayle has a higher boundary run percentage than Joe Denly (81.3%) this season, minimum 50 balls faced.

· Sam Northeast has hit 330 runs and 43 boundaries, more than any other player in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast

· Mitchell Claydon has bowled 43 dot balls, only Shaun Tait of Essex Eagles has bowled more.

· Matt Coles has taken 7 wickets in this year’s NatWest T20 Blast, only five bowlers have taken more.

· The Spitfires have won six of their last seven games

· Joe Denly has taken five outfield catches, the joint most in the tournament

· Sam Billings has made six dismissals (five catches, one stumping), the joint most in the tournament

Head-to-head record: Played 7, Kent won 6, Glos win 1.

See the final day of top-level cricket of 2015 at Beckenham this Friday (June 5) as Kent Spitfires take on Gloucestershire at The County Ground (5.30pm start, gates open at 3.30pm).

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