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Kent Spitfires v Surrey (Friday, 5.30pm, Tunbridge Wells)

Thursday 14th July 2016

Men’s First Team

Kent Spitfires skipper Sam Northeast has said a sell-out crowd can inspire the side to keep their NatWest T20 Blast hopes alive against oldest rivals Surrey at Tunbridge Wells on Friday (15 May, 5.30pm start).

The Spitfires take on Surrey home and away either side of next Friday's final home group game against Essex Eagles at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence (22 May, 7pm).

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Northeast said: "It's an important game against our old foe so it's great to see such great support.

"We're looking forward to it and want to express ourselves from ball one and put on a good show as we have some of the best crowds in the country down here, even at our outgrounds.

"It should be a great evening and we always enjoy playing at Tunbridge Wells as it's a good pitch and a game we have to win.

"We have Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings available before England Lions duty and Rabada's started very well so we're looking forward to it."

Tom Latham has ended his spell at Kent to join a New Zealand training camp ahead of their tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa but Daniel Bell-Drummond returns to the squad after a hand injury.

Fabian Cowdrey misses the fixture with appendicitis and bowlers Calum Haggett (ankle) and Ivan Thomas (knee) remain sidelined.

Guide to The Nevill Ground, Tunbridge Wells: transport and travel

Kent Spitfires squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 6 Joe Denly, 20 Sam Billings (w), 10 Alex Blake, 3 Darren Stevens, 24 Adam Ball, 8 Mitch Claydon, 11 Imran Qayyum, 15 James Tredwell, 18 David Griffiths, 19 Sam Weller, 52 Kagiso Rabada.

Kent v Surrey stats:

o Kent Spitfires have won three successive matches against Surrey.

o The Spitfires have won four of their last five at home versus Surrey (L1).

o Surrey have gone three away games without a win (L3); their longest stretch since June 2012 (three games).

o Aaron Finch (Surrey) has hit half-centuries in two of his last three T20 innings.

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