Match Preview: Hampshire vs. Kent Spitfires

Match Preview: Hampshire vs. Kent Spitfires

A place at Trent Bridge for the final of the Royal London Cup is at stake as Kent Spitfires make the journey to the Ageas Bowl to face Hampshire.

A hard-fought team victory away at Leicestershire Foxes last time out secured the Spitfires’ place at Southampton on Tuesday for a repeat of the 2018 One-Day Cup Final.

Ollie Robinson needs four more runs to pass 400 for the tournament, with a batting average of 56.57, & his 12 sixes total one more than Alex Blake on 11 – the left-hander totalling 284 runs so far.

Darren Stevens has a batting strike-rate of 134.34 following two important contributions with the bat against both Lancashire & Leicestershire Foxes, & Ben Compton is averaging 47.25 after his 378 runs at the top of the order.

Hamid Qadri has been impressive in this year’s 50-over competition & has 12 wickets to his name so far, followed by Nathan Gilchrist (9) & Grant Stewart (8).

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Last Time Out

Tight bowling after an impressively solid batting display saw Kent beat Leicestershire by 81 runs & qualify for a Royal London Cup Semi Final.

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Half centuries from Joey Evison, Ben Compton & captain Joe Denly, along with a typically boisterous cameo from Darren Stevens, saw Kent to a score that looked around par on a good wicket at the Uptonsteel County Ground.

In reply Scott Steel made a solid half-century at the top of the Leicestershire order, but though Wiaan Mulder made a superb 81 off just 71 balls, once the South African was dismissed the pressure was too much for the Foxes’ tail.

Opposition report

Hampshire qualified for the Semi Finals directly from Group B of the tournament, receiving a bye in the Quarter Finals for winning the group.

On their way to topping the table, Hampshire secured a victory over the Spitfires at Beckenham in Kent’s first home match of the competition, helped massively by Tom Prest’s 181 in Metropolitan Kent – the right-hander now has 402 tournament runs at 50.25.

Opener Nick Gubbins has amassed 311 runs, whilst homegrown batter Toby Albert has 294.

With the ball, Hampshire have benefitted greatly from the wickets of a seam partnership in John Turner (18 @ 16.44) & young gun Scott Currie (17 @ 22.05) – Jack Campbell’s left-arm pace has also accounted for 14 wickets at 21.28.

Match Coverage

Hampshire vs. Kent Spitfires will be live streamed with embedded commentary via the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website, which will also host a live video scorecard. Pictures will be provided by Hampshire Cricket.

Live score updates will also be provided via the Club’s official Twitter account.

Team News

Jas Singh replaces Matt Quinn in the only change to Kent Spitfires’ squad from their victory over Leicestershire Foxes in the Quarter Finals.

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