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Match Preview: Gloucestershire vs. Kent Spitfires

Kent Spitfires head to Cheltenham College for a Friday afternoon T20 clash with Gloucestershire in the return of the Vitality Blast.


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Last Time Out

Kent Spitfires were defeated by Essex in the Vitality Blast on Friday night by five wickets at Canterbury.

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Simon Harmer, Ben Allison and Matt Critchley all claimed two wickets as Kent were limited to 156 for seven, Sam Billings the highest scorer with 38.

It never looked like being enough on a typically batter-friendly St. Lawrence wicket and Michael Pepper blasted 76 from 42 balls as the visitors coasted home with five overs to spare, finishing on 157 for five.


Opposition Report

Previewed by Richard Latham – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Jack Taylor
  • Overseas players: Beau Webster (Australia), Cameron Bancroft (Australia), Zafar Gohar (Pakistan)
  • Finals Day appearances: Three (2003, 2007, 2020)
  • Titles: None
  • 2023 finish: Seventh (South Group)
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Ben Charlesworth (299)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Tom Smith (17)

Key winter moves: Aussie seamer Beau Webster has been recruited to boost the bowling attack and will hope to use his 6ft 7ins frame to make scoring difficult against him, while fellow countryman Cameron Bancroft is back for a second spell in the batting ranks and has been playing regularly in the Championship.

The big question: Can Gloucestershire translate their improvement in red ball cricket under new head coach Mark Alleyne this season, winning a first Championship game since 2022 and running up their highest ever first-class score, to the shortest format of the game?

Mark Alleyne proved himself a shrewd leader in one-day cricket as captain during Gloucestershire’s glory years of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Now he has the opportunity to influence the side tactically from within the dressing room as a head coach with a shrewd cricketing brain for the shorter formats of the game.


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Live Match Centre

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

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Pictures & sound will be provided by Gloucestershire CCC.


Team News

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

Sam Billings skippers the side, with Feroze Khushi available for the Spitfires as part of his loan agreement.

New signing & bowling all-rounder Tom Rogers is included in the squad after signing-up for Kent’s last six Vitality Blast South Group matches.

Jack Leaning is back in a T20 squad after recovering from his broken hand, and scored a century last time out in the Vitality County Championship.

Marcus O’Riordan scored 56 from 24 balls in Kent Second XI’s latest T20 match against Surrey on Wednesday.

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

Xavier Bartlett completed his spell as a Kent Spitfire last time out in the Vitality Blast against Essex.

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

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

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