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Kent v Derbyshire: Davies and Harmison in LV=CC squad

Saturday 6th June 2015

Men’s First Team

England Under 19 wicketkeeper Ryan Davies and fit-again Ben Harmison are included in a 12-man squad to take on Derbyshire in the LV= County Championship on Sunday (7 June).

All-rounder Harmison, 29, returns to the four-day squad after hitting 160 in the second XI against Surrey last month following his recovery from a knee injury.

Kent Cricket Academy graduate Davies is set to make his first-class debut at the age of 18, deputising for Sam Billings who is away on England duty.

Derbyshire also make a change behind the stumps with Tom Poynton recalled after injury. Wes Durston also returns to their four-day squad along with Wayne White, with Matt Critchley and Ben Cotton making way.

Club captain Wayne Madsen and Alex Hughes both remain sidelined with finger injuries.

Kent squad: 17 Sam Northeast (c), 23 Daniel Bell-Drummond,6 Joe Denly,4 Rob Key, 21 Ben Harmison, 30 Fabian Cowdrey, 3 Darren Stevens, 7 Ryan Davies (w), 25 Calum Haggett, 26 Matt Coles, 5 Ivan Thomas, 33 Adam Riley.

Derbyshire squad: 1 Billy Godleman (c), 26 Ben Slater, 22 Chesney Hughes, 5 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Wes Durston , 10 Scott Elstone, 57 Shiv Thakor, 23 Tom Poynton, 11.Wayne White, 28 Tony Palladino, 15 Tom Taylor, 4 Mark Footitt.

Kent v Derbyshire stats
· Kent have lost two of their last 20 home games against Derbyshire (won nine, drawn nine).
· Kent have lost two and drawn three of their last five at Canterbury – they won three and drew two of the preceding five.
· Darren Stevens (86) is the second-highest Division Two wicket-taker since the start of 2014 – he also has 1,098 runs in this period, the 22nd most.
· Tillakaratne Dilshan needs 67 runs to reach 14,000 in first-class cricket.
Head-to-head record: Kent won 45, drawn 40, Derbyshire won 30.