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Kent Spitfires squad to face Sussex Sharks at Hove (Fri, 7pm)

Thursday 9th June 2016

Men’s First Team

Kent Spitfires have named a 14-man squad for the trip to Hove to face Sussex Sharks on Friday evening (7pm) in the NatWest T20 Blast.

Spitfires are on a roll after back-to-back wins in white-ball cricket following final-over wins against Surrey and Hampshire and face a strong Sharks side at the 1st Central County Ground.

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Kent head coach Jimmy Adams has added Mitch Claydon and Matt Hunn to the squad travelling to the south coast and says the squad are relishing six white-ball matches in ten days.

The former West Indies Test batsman said: “When you have so many games in such a short space of time it offers the opportunity to build some momentum but at the same time there is no time to dwell on anything if you have a bad result – there is always a game around the corner.

“With so many games, there might come a time when we have to prioritise one or another but we are not at that stage, we want everyone to be 100% and ready to go every day.”

Sussex Sharks have extended the stay of South Africa all-rounder David Wiese as the arrival of Bangladeshi paceman Mustafizur Rahman has been delayed through injury.

The hosts can call upon New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, England T20 player Chris Jordan and former England opener Luke Wright.

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Kent Spitfires squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 48 Tom Latham, 3 Darren Stevens, 30 Fabian Cowdrey, 7 Sam Billings, 10 Alex Blake, 26 Matt Coles, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon, 14 Matt Hunn, 15 James Tredwell, 18 David Griffiths.

Sussex Sharks squad: Luke Wright (c), Will Beer, Danny Briggs, Ben Brown (w), Harry Finch, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Matt Machan, Tymal Mills, Chris Nash, Phil Salt, Ajmal Shahzad, Ross Taylor, David Wiese.
Kent Spitfires v Sussex Sharks stats: – Five of the last six encounters between the Sharks and Spitfires have been won by the Kent outfit (L1). – Kent Spitfires have tasted defeat only once in five games on the road (W4); that loss did come in their only away game in 2016 so far however. – Ross Taylor (Sussex Sharks) has struck more sixes than anyone else in this campaign (11). – Chris Nash (Sussex Sharks) has scored 82 runs from drives this term; a competition-high.