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Kent squad to play Gloucestershire

Saturday 7th May 2016

Paceman Matt Hunn is included in Kent's squad for Specsavers County Championship match against Gloucestershire on Sunday at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

The 22-year-old seamer could make his first start of the season with Matt Coles serving a two-match ban after accruing penalty points against Glamorgan earlier this week.

Batsman Alex Blake also returns to the squad in place of Sean Dickson, who has sustained a hand injury.

Captain Sam Northeast says every place is up for grabs with 26 players registered for first XI cricket this season.

"We have got a lot of youngsters bidding for spots and we have a big squad and no place is safe.

"It's something we've been building over the last few years and we have got a lot of players coming through pressurising the first team. Selection is pretty tough at the moment and everyone is playing for their place.

"We have a very good side and if we play our best cricket we are in with a shout of winning every game we play."

Kent squad:17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond, 48 Tom Latham, 6 Joe Denly, 10 Alex Blake, 3 Darren Stevens, 12 Adam Rouse (wk), 25 Calum Haggett, 14 Matt Hunn, 8 Mitchell Claydon, 33 Adam Riley, 27 Hugh Bernard.

Gloucestershire squad: Chris Dent, Cameron Bancroft, Ian Cockbain, Gareth Roderick (c), Hamish Marshall, George Hankins, Kieran Noema-Barnett, Jack Taylor, Josh Shaw, David Payne, Craig Miles, Miles Hampton.

Kent v Gloucestershire stats:

o Kent are unbeaten in their last seven games (D4, W2, 1 abandoned); however they have not won consecutive games since winning three on the spin in June-July 2014.

o Kent have not managed to beat Gloucestershire at home since 2009 (L2, D3), their longest such run since failing to beat them in the 1980s (L4, D2).

o Gloucestershire have only lost twice in their last 12 away games (W5, D5), a run which includes a win and a draw against Kent.

o Daniel Bell-Drummond’s next innings with the bat will be his 100th in First Class cricket, he averages 36.7 so far with a high score of 206*.