Kent Spitfires v Middlesex (Beckenham, Sun, 3pm)

Saturday 11th August 2018

Men’s First XI

Vitality Blast

Kent Spitfires v Middlesex (Beckenham, Sun, 3pm)

Kent Spitfires welcome Middlesex to The County Ground, Beckenham aiming to complete a 100 per cent win record at their second home.

After successive one-day victories against Surrey and Gloucestershire in June, the Spitfires started the Vitality Blast season in style in BR3 by beating Hampshire.

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Head coach Matt Walker said: “The wickets at Beckenham are usually very good for one-day cricket: very true with good pace and carry which suits our players.

“We are able to express ourselves, play with confidence and put your foot down from the word go on those sorts of surfaces with a fast outfield.

“Sides perhaps aren’t as used to playing there and for many it’s a new experience so that maybe gives us a slight advantage too.

“We’ve had some success and some great crowds there this summer and the supporters get very close to the action.

“We won’t be taking Middlesex for granted and often teams are more dangerous when they have nothing to lose. No side is good enough to take their foot off the gas or it will bite you in the backside in this competition.”

Middlesex are without paceman Tom Helm with a back injury but Dawid Malan has returned to lead the side after his exclusion from the England Test squad.

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Kent Spitfires squad: 7 Sam Billings (c/wk), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 10 Alex Blake, 6 Joe Denly 16 Zak Crawley, 58 Sean Dickson, 25 Calum Haggett, 4 Heino Kuhn, 20 Adam Milne, 1 Harry Podmore, 11 Imran Qayyum, 9 Grant Stewart, 5 Ivan Thomas, 8 Mitch Claydon.

Middlesex squad (TBC): Dawid Malan (c), Tom Barber, Stephen Eskinazi, Steven Finn, James Franklin, James Fuller, James Harris, Max Holden, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Patel, George Scott, John Simpson (wk), Paul Stirling, Robbie White

See the Spitfires at The County Ground, Beckenham on Sunday (12 August, 3pm) against Middlesex. Gates open at 1pm.

The final home group game is against Somerset at The Spitfire Ground next Thursday (16 August, 7pm). Gates 5pm.

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Southeastern trains have additional stops as follows this Sunday at Beckenham Jn (please note Victoria services diverted to Blackfriars and engineering works Faversham to Dover):

1204 Canterbury West to Blackfriars calls Beckenham Jn 1356.  1824 Blackfriars to Ashford stops Beckenham Jn 1838.

1205 Ramsgate (1249 ex Faversham) calls Beckenham Jn 1345.  1840 Blackfriars to Ramsgate (1952 at Faversham) calls Beckenham Jn 1855.

As before, we were expecting these to appear very last on National Rail Enquiries.  Unfortunately, the additional calls are still not shown in NRES, although strangely some other journey checkers do show them.