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Kent Spitfires v Hampshire (Wed, 6.30pm)

Tuesday 7th June 2016

Men’s First Team

Head coach Jimmy Adams has named a 12-man Kent Spitfires squad to face star-studded Hampshire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Wednesday (6.30pm start).

England T20 star Sam Billings and New Zealand batsman Tom Latham are in the squad alongside master blaster Alex Blake and Darren Stevens, the top-scoring batsman in English T20 cricket.

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All-rounder Matt Coles took career-best figures against his former county in the reverse fixture last week.

Hampshire can call upon an overseas duo of West Indies T20 World Champion skipper Darren Sammy and Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi.

Kent opener Daniel Bell-Drummond is the top-scorer in the tournament and said: "I've been happy with my form and I'm looking to carry this on through the season.

"It takes a bit of time for me to adapt to the different formats so it's good we have a block of 2-3 weeks of white-ball cricket so I can hone my skills a bit more.

"It's different for every player but I like to train and hit balls constantly to feel good going into the middle, going between the swinging red-ball and striking the white ball. I'm getting used to it and it's as hard for bowlers too.

"We started well against Somerset and we're looking to continue that form in the NatWest T20 Blast. The T20 crowds at Canterbury are brilliant so it's good to see the cricket we're playing is bringing the crowds in.

"The supporters enjoy seeing the players grow up through the Kent system and we wouldn't be here without them."

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, 15 James Tredwell, 18 David Griffiths.

Hampshire squad: Carberry, McManus, Adams, Wheater, Ervine, Dawson, Afridi, Sammy, Berg, Smith, Stevenson, Crane, Andrew, Best.

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Kent Spitfires v Hampshire stats

o Hampshire are without a win away from home in three matches; they haven’t been on a longer drought since 2006-2007 (seven matches).

o Daniel Bell-Drummond (Kent Spitfires) has scored more runs than any other batsman this summer (172); he’s also struck more runs from slogged efforts (32) than anyone else.

o Fabian Cowdrey (Kent Spitfires) has bowled 48 balls so far this season but only one of them has gone for a boundary; the best rate of any man to record 1+ overs.