The Kent Spitfires return to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence to face Gloucestershire in the Vitality Blast.
This is Kent’s third-to-last home match in the competition, with visits of Sussex Sharks and Glamorgan still to come, and the Spitfires will look to record more victories and move up the South Group table.
Joe Denly, who recently passed 150 appearances and over 4,000 runs in T20s for Kent, leads the way with the willow in 2022 – his 327 runs have come at an average of 36.33.
Two bowlers have gone into double figures this tournament in terms of taking wickets; two internationals in Netherlands’ Fred Klaassen (11) and Italy’s Grant Stewart (10) both have bowling averages of under 30.00.
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Gloucestershire have four wins in 10 matches so far in the South Group.
Alongside New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips, ‘the Shire’ have secured the services of Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir for the remainder of the competition – the left-armer took 2-25 in his first four overs as a Gloucestershire T20 player, following an LV= Insurance County Championship stint at Bristol earlier in the Summer.
Kiwi Phillips has 203 runs with a strike rate of 130.96, four runs behind ‘keeper-batter James Bracey on 207.
Fast bowler Nassem Shah leaving the camp for personal reasons, and Gloucestershire will be without top wicket-taker David Payne, who is currently with the England ODI squad in the Netherlands.
However, left-arm spinner Tom Smith has contributed 10 wickets at 16.60, and eight wickets apiece for Zak Chappell and Benny Howell.
Zak Crawley (England) & Fred Klaassen (Netherlands) have both joined up with their respective national sides and are removed from an otherwise unchanged squad for the Spitfires.