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Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Gloucestershire

A big Sunday of sport kicks-off with Kent Spitfires vs. Gloucestershire in the Vitality Blast at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on 16 June.

Vitality Blast T20 cricket at The Spitfire Ground in the afternoon, followed by England’s first match of EURO 2024 in the evening (not shown at the ground). Sounds ideal, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget, you can save money on tickets for this Father’s Day match by buying your tickets in advance, and group discounts apply for groups of six or more!

Why not make a day of it thanks to our friends at Shepherd Neame? The independent family brewer is offering Kent Cricket Members and matchday ticket holders 20% off a pint of Spitfire Lager on home match days at six of its Canterbury pubs:

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Matchday Information

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We strongly advise that all Members & spectators travelling to the ground make use of public transport.

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is located approximately a mile from the historic Cathedral City Centre of Canterbury.

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Live Streaming on KentCricketPlay

If you’re unable to join us at The Spitfire Ground, Kent Spitfires vs. Gloucestershire is available to watch via the Club’s streaming platform, KentCricketPlay.

Streaming passes cost ÂŁ5.99 for all non-Members, & FREE for all 2024 Kent Members.

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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?

Wildcard watch: David Payne claimed 15 Blast wickets last summer, having not played any red ball cricket leading up to the tournament because of injury. The experienced left-arm seamer has again missed the first half of the Championship season to be fit and fresh for T20 and will be keen to make an impact.

Final thought: 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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Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a 14-strong squad for the Spitfires’ Sunday afternoon T20.

Matt Parkinson returns to the squad after being left out for Kent’s last match at Taunton due to tactical reasons.

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.

Both Charlie Stobo & Nathan Gilchrist took wickets in their first overs of career T20 cricket last time out.

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

Fred Klaassen is unavailable due to injury & misses 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’ squad to face Gloucestershire: Sam Billings (Captain), Xavier Bartlett (Overseas player), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Nathan Gilchrist, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart, Charlie Stobo (Overseas player)

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