Match Preview: Hampshire Hawks vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Hampshire Hawks vs. Kent Spitfires

After a win in their first Vitality Blast clash of the Summer, Kent Spitfires are back on the road to face Hampshire Hawks at the Utilita Bowl in Southampton.


Tickets are selling fast for our home Vitality Blast opener next week!

T20 cricket is back at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on Friday 7 June!

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Last Time Out

Matt Parkinson claimed a hat-trick as Kent Spitfires thrashed Middlesex by 98 runs at Chelmsford to open their 2024 Vitality Blast campaign with a win.

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Parkinson, who made the move from Lancashire over the winter, shone for his newly adopted county, claiming the scalps of Jack Davies, Tom Helm and Henry Brookes in his third over on route to figures of 4-25.

It meant the hosts, playing the first of two home games at Chelmsford in this campaign were hustled out for 107 to fall way short of their victory target of 206.

Earlier, Joe Denly was the mainstay of Kent’s 205/8 with 56 in 33 balls complete with two sixes and seven fours. Daniel Bell-Drummond another man to be the scourge of Middlesex in the recent past provided good support with 38. Luke Hollman returned 3-27 and Blake Cullen 3-47 in his first match of the season.

Bell-Drummond and England opener Zak Crawley made an explosive start, each striking Cullen for huge sixes in the third over as they posted a 50-stand within 23 balls.


Opposition Report

Previewed by Alex Smith – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: James Vince
  • Overseas players: Ben McDermott (Australia), Michael Neser (Australia, first eight matches), Ottniel Baartman (South African, last six matches and knockouts)
  • Finals Day appearances: Ten (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Titles: Three (2010, 2012, 2022)
  • 2023 finish: Semi-finals
  • 2023 leading runscorer: James Vince (670)
  • 2023 leading wicket taker: Nathan Ellis (23)

Key winter moves: Nathan Ellis hasn’t been retained despite two glorious seasons, instead seamers Michael Neser and Ottniel Baartman – a two-time SA20 champion under Adi Birrell – share his place. Domestically, Ali Orr is in, Ross Whiteley and Aneurin Donald are out, while Scott Currie and Mason Crane are away on loan for now.

The big question: Can John Turner hit the same heights as last season? The uber-quick bowler began with a double wicket maiden, took 21 wickets at an average of 11.76 and an economy of 6.67, and ended with an England contract. Injuries have restricted him to three first-team matches since Finals Day though.

Wildcard watch: Joe Weatherley has more middle-order Blast runs than anyone since 2021, but hasn’t been kept on by the Southern Brave after two years of mostly carrying drinks. He could be a shrewd Vitality Wildcard pick, as could Chris Wood’s experience and Brad Wheal’s pace.

Final thought: The Hawks know how to get to Finals Day, and an 11th appearance, which would be a fourth in a row, is certainly the minimum requirement. There are deep depths to the batting – a run of Dawson, Howell, Fuller, Neser from six to nine is opulent, especially after Vince up top – and the bowlers have all bases covered, especially with the dynamic quick attack.


Kent vs. Somerset is our opening home T20 match of the Summer!

Kent Spitfires welcome Somerset to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence under lights on Friday 7 June – tickets are selling fast!

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Weather Watch

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Live Match Centre

Hampshire Hawks 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 Hampshire Cricket.


Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named an unchanged squad of 14 for the Spitfires’ trip to Southampton.

Barring international call-ups, Zak Crawley is available for Kent throughout the start of the Vitality Blast, especially before the start of England Men’s Test Summer in July.

Jack Leaning (hand) & Wes Agar (shoulder) continue to be ruled out with their respective injuries from the first round of Vitality County Championship fixtures.

Fred Klaassen is unavailable due to injury & is set to miss the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in North America.

Matt Quinn (back) remains unfit due to injury from pre-season. Michael Cohen (stress fracture) has been ruled out of the 2024 season.

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

Kent Spitfires’ Matchday Squad vs. Hampshire Hawks: Sam Billings (Captain), Xavier Bartlett (Overseas player), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Hamidullah Qadri, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart, Beyers Swanepoel (Overseas player)

Vitality Blast is back in Canterbury from next week!

  • The most exciting form of county cricket – international T20 & Hundred stars feature for county sides in a format that usually lasts around three hours – the perfect sporting night out!

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Scramble your squadron for a choice of Friday night socials this June & July and enjoy discounts on tickets for groups of six or more!