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Match Preview: Essex vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires cross the Dartford Crossing to face Essex in the Battle of the Bridge as part of the Vitality Blast.

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Last Time Out

South Group leaders Surrey held their nerve in a tense finish to beat Kent Spitfires by five runs in a rain-shortened Vitality Blast contest at the Kia Oval.

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Surrey, put in and with an unfamiliar batting line-up, did well to reach 103 for five from 10 overs after play finally got under way two hours and 25 minutes’ late.

And then more rain, arriving just as Kent were about to start their reply, left them needing 87 from eight overs under the Duckworth/Lewis calculations.

Despite late hitting from Feroze Khushi, who made 35, and Sam Billings, who swept Reece Topley for six in a seventh over costing 20 and in which Khushi also bludgeoned a six over long on, Kent could only finish on 81 for three.

Opposition Report

Previewed by Martin Smith – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Simon Harmer
  • Overseas players: Simon Harmer (South Africa), Eathan Bosch (South Africa).
  • Finals Day appearances: Six (2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2019, 2023)
  • Titles: One (2019)
  • 2023 finish: Finalists
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Daniel Sams (419)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Daniel Sams (25)

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Essex vs. Kent Spitfires will be live streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

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Team News

Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a 14-strong squad for the visit to Chelmsford.

Sam Billings skippers the side, with Feroze Khushi unavailable for the Spitfires in this match as part of his loan agreement.

17-year-old Academy Scholar Ekansh Singh is included in a First XI T20 squad for the first time after scoring 44 from 38 opening the batting for Kent Second XI against Essex Second XI at the same venue this past week.

Zak Crawley is with England’s squad for their Test series against West Indies, whilst Joe Denly (knee) remains sidelined.

Beyers Swanepoel (hamstring), Matt Quinn, Fred Klaassen & Michael Cohen (all back) remain unavailable.

Kent Spitfires’ Matchday Squad, presented by Shepherd Neame >>>

Kent Spitfires’ squad to face Essex: Sam Billings (Captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Nathan Gilchrist, Jack Leaning, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Tom Rogers (Overseas player), Ekansh Singh, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

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