Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Lancashire

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Lancashire

Quarter Final qualification is the prize for Kent Spitfires in their Royal London Cup showdown with Lancashire at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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Kent will need to beat their visitors to Canterbury & hope that Hampshire defeat Yorkshire Vikings away at Scarborough to secure third place & an away Quarter Final to whoever finishes second in Group A.

The Spitfires currently sit in fifth position of Group B on seven points, one place behind but level on points with Essex Eagles, but the Eagles have played one match more & now cannot qualify.

Yorkshire Vikings are one point above the Spitfires in third place & have a superior net run rate – the Spitfires must gain two points on the White Rose to go above them in the standings.

Kent will be without India fast bowler Navdeep Saini, who has now completed his scheduled stint as a Kent player, but will be able to call upon their top tournament wicket taker Hamid Qadri who has now reached double figures in the competition, as well as the likes of Matt Quinn (7), Joe Denly (6), Joey Evison & Grant Stewart (4).

Following Friday’s win over the Vikings, Ben Compton now has 319 runs & four scores of 50 or more, second only to Ollie Robinson (369), who also has 12 sixes to his name so far. Alex Blake has seven maximums, & Friday’s hero Grant Stewart has four.

Last Time Out

Grant Stewart hit a last-ball six to give the Kent Spitfires a stunning three-wicket win over the Yorkshire Vikings, in a Royal London Cup thriller at Canterbury.

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Kent went into the final over needing 11 to keep their hopes of qualifying alive & Stewart declined a single off Matthew Revis’ penultimate ball to leave everything riding on the final delivery.

The all-rounder then pulled Revis through backward square leg to a huge cheer from the Canterbury crowd, leaving Kent on 297 for seven.

Opposition Report

Lancashire also need to secure victory to have a chance of finishing top of Group B & receiving a bye into the semi-finals. Most interestingly, they will hope that Yorkshire Vikings defeat Hampshire at Scarborough so they can make up a point-deficit of their own against Hampshire in first place.

Former Sussex big hitter Luke Wells is Lancashire’s top scorer in the Royal London Cup with 278 runs in six innings, whilst Rob Jones averages 123.50 after four innings, hitting 247 runs.

Right-arm seamer Liam Hurt has eight one-day wickets at 24.75, with three bowlers; Wells, Will Williams & Tom Bailey, all on seven apiece.

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Kent Spitfires vs. Lancashire will be streamed & embedded into the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website. BBC Radio commentary will be synced to pictures coming via Kent Cricket.

Team News

Darren Stevens is in-line to make what could be his final white-ball appearance for Kent after being included in Kent’s 14-strong squad for the visit of Lancashire.

Jas Singh is also named in the squad, whilst George Linde (knee) remains ruled out.

Navdeep Saini has completed his stint as a Kent Spitfire.

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The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence will once again host a full England Women’s One-Day International (WODI) match in 2022, with a Royal London WODI against India under the lights in Canterbury on Wednesday, 21 September.

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