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Kent Spitfires squad to play Hampshire in NatWest T20 Blast

Thursday 11th June 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent Spitfires will hope to take a step closer to the knock-out stage on Friday night as they return to Canterbury for a NatWest T20 Blast match against Hampshire (7pm start).

The hosts boast the tournament’s top run-scorer, Sam Northeast, who has hit 344 runs in six matches at an average of almost 69, says there is more to come from Kent.

The 25-year-old from Ashford said: “My job as captain is hopefully to lead from the front and although I’ve achieved that in general, the batters as a unit haven’t quite fired in the past couple of games.

“I think it’s due, it’s coming at some stage and hopefully it will turn around soon.

“The good thing about T20 cricket is that we know we’ve played some good stuff in this competition and hopefully we’ll continue that on Friday.”

“The last match (in the LV= County Championship v Derbyshire) was probably the worst I’ve had as captain, but those types of games will come around from time to time.

“It’s how we respond to such performances that count and, to date this season, when we have suffered a defeat we’ve bounced back incredibly well and that will be our motivation moving forward to the Hampshire game.”

Kent Spitfires squad: 17 Sam Northeast (captain), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 30 Fabian Cowdrey, 3 Darren Stevens, 10 Alex Blake, 24 Adam Ball, 26 Matt Coles, 7 Ryan Davies (wk), 15 James Tredwell, 8 Mitchell Claydon, 33 Adam Riley, 14 Matt Hunn.

Hampshire squad: 14 James Vince (captain), 15 Michael Carberry, 4 Jimmy Adams, 3 Owais Shah, 7 Sean Ervine, 2 Will Smith, 31 Adam Wheater (wk), 8 Liam Dawson, 25 Chris Wood, 99 Yasir Arafat, 82 Fidel Edwards, 19 Danny Briggs, 13 Gareth Berg, 22 Jackson Bird.

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Kent Spitfires v Hampshire stats:

· Eight of the last 10 games between these teams have been won by the team batting first.

· Hampshire have won four and lost one of their five matches at Canterbury.

· Sam Northeast has reached 40 in six of his last nine T20 innings.

· James Tredwell requires one more wicket to reach 100 domestic T20 wickets.

Head-to-head record: Kent won 8, tied 1, Hampshire won 11.

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