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Match Preview: Hampshire vs. Kent

Kent travel to the Utilita Bowl to face Hampshire in the Vitality County Championship.


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Last Time Out

Kent took on Lancashire in the Vitality County Championship at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – part of the 172nd Canterbury Cricket Week.

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The visitors bowled Kent out for 222 in their second innings, Will Williams taking three for 26 and Tom Bailey three for 36.

Charlie Stobo hit his highest first-class score of 64 but the hosts were all out after 30.2 overs on day four.


Opposition Report

  • Captain: James Vince
  • Head Coach: Adi Birrell
  • 2023 finish: Third (Division One)
  • 2023 highest run-scorer: James Vince (1,007)
  • 2023 highest wicket-taker: Mohammad Abbas (53)

Key winter moves: Ali Orr has moved down the coast from Sussex to improve the top-order batting. Australian quick Michael Neser has joined predominantly for the Vitality Blast, but the door has been left ajar for him to feature in the Championship. Aneurin Donald is the only major departure, although Scott Currie and Mason Crane are spending season loans away from the newly-rebranded Utilita Bowl.

The big question: As it has been the same for the past couple of years – can Hampshire finally end their title drought? This will be the 52nd season since they last won the Championship, and with the likes of Kyle Abbott and Keith Barker into their twilight years, this could be the last dance for this highly-talented era.

After three straight third-placed finishes, all the ingredients are there for another tilt at the title…but can they finally do it? They ended last season by beating the top two, with only Surrey equalling their eight victories across the campaign. Erratic performances have stunted them in recent seasons but if they can find a smooth consistency in all sessions then silverware should follow. A trip to the Kia Oval in late April will be a good barometer of their hopes.


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Live Match Centre

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

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Sound & pictures will be provided by the host county.


Team News

Feroze Khushi could make his Kent debut after signing for Kent on-loan for this match and three upcoming Vitality Blast fixtures.

Jack Leaning is included in the squad after missing the last seven weeks of action due to a broken hand sustained in Kent’s Championship match with Worcestershire.

Grant Stewart returns after rolling his ankle at Hove in Kent Spitfires’ Vitality Blast match against Sussex Sharks. Fit-again Nathan Gilchrist also makes the journey to the South Coast.

Zak Crawley has been recalled by England ahead of their Test series against West Indies, starting at Lord’s in two weeks after West Indies’ three-day Test warm-up against FCC Select XI at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Beyers Swanepoel sustained a hamstring injury in Kent’s last match and is set for a spell on the sidelines. Joe Denly (knee), Matt Quinn, Fred Klaassen & Michael Cohen (all back) also remain unavailable.

Kent’s Match Squad, presented by Black Opal Travel Group >>>

Kent’s squad to face Hampshire: Daniel Bell-Drummond (Captain), Ben Compton, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Nathan Gilchrist, Feroze Khushi (Loan player), Jack Leaning, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Grant Stewart, Charlie Stobo (Overseas player)

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