Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Leicestershire Foxes

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Leicestershire Foxes

After victory in their opening match of the tournament, the Metro Back One Day Cup holders, Kent Spitfires, welcome Leicestershire Foxes to The County Ground, Beckenham for Kent Cricket’s University of Greenwich Partnership Day.

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Kent Spitfires will defend their title at home matches both in Canterbury & Beckenham:

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University of Greenwich Partnership Day

Kent Spitfires vs. Leicestershire Foxes is designated as our University of Greenwich Partnership Day.

Kent Cricket and the university have been community partners since the beginning of the year, & staff, students & alumni from the University of Greenwich will be joining us at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Get involved with our University of Greenwich Partnership Day by posting a picture of yourself at the Ground with the hashtag: #UoGDay

Don’t forget to pick up a Kent Cricket x University of Greenwich water bottle, & use the new water stations around the ground.

Matchday Information

Important matchday information for Members, Six Pack Ticket Bundle holders & those that have purchased match tickets can be accessed via the button below:

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

The County Ground, Beckenham is located approximately seven miles from central London.

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The County Ground, Beckenham is a cashless venue. The Kent Cricket Pop-Up Shop, ticket sales, and food & beverage payments at all outlets are conducted without cash during matches.

Members’ Forum

A Members’ Forum will take place in the innings break (scheduled for 14:30) in the Indoor Academy building.

Members will be required to present a valid 2023 Membership card to enter – Six Pack Ticket Bundle cards will not gain entry.

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Opposition Report

  • Captain: Lewis Hill
  • Overseas players: Peter Handscomb (Australia), Wiaan Mulder (South Africa)
  • 2022 finish: Quarter-final
  • 2022 leading runscorer: Wiaan Mulder (533)
  • 2022 leading wicket taker: Chris Wright, Beuran Hendricks (17 each)

Key player: Rishi Patel – Leicestershire’s top scorer in both red-ball and T20 cricket this summer, with four Championship hundreds and another in the Vitality Blast and his contribution is likely to be key. The 24-year-old former Essex batter has probably done enough already to land the county’s player-of-the-year award, but if he can produce that form in this competition as well it will be a formality.

Young Player to watch: Josh Hull – The Academy product, who is a 6ft 7ins left-arm seamer and who will turn 19 during August, has made an impact in both red-ball and T20 formats in his debut season, with 14 wickets in 10 appearances so far. The Metro Bank One-Day Cup is an opportunity to cement the good impression he has already made.

The Foxes had a disastrous Vitaly Blast campaign, swiftly followed by the departure of head coach Paul Nixon amid a negative response from supporters. A strong showing in the Metro Bank One-Day Cup, in which they were competitive last season, could help bring a few malcontents back onside ahead of a September push for promotion in the Championship.

Match Coverage

Kent Spitfires vs. Leicestershire Foxes will be live streamed via YouTube with synced commentary, sitting inside the Match Centre of the Kent Cricket website:

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The live stream will be coming from The County Ground, Beckenham, where work has been taking place this past week to ensure a steady live stream with sound. Should there be any technical issues, they will be worked on as soon as they arise by the Club’s staff on-site.

All of Kent Spitfires’ home & away matches during the Metro Bank One Day Cup will be live streamed for free on YouTube, with BBC radio commentary embedded.

Listen to the official Kent Spitfires One Day Cup podcast now!

Hear from our Metro Bank One Day Cup assistant coach & seamer, Michael Hogan, in our first ever Kent Spitfires One Day Cup Podcast!

Listen to him speak about his career so far, coming to Kent, & his excitement ahead of our first 50-over home match of the season:

Team News

Interim Men’s Head Coach Simon Cook has named an unchanged 14-strong squad to face Leicestershire Foxes.

Jack Leaning will continue to skipper the side in Joe Denly’s absence due to a side injury, with Denly set to be in attendance with the squad at Beckenham. Nathan Gilchrist is included as he nears return from injury.

Overseas player James Bazley & loan signing Matt Parkinson both made their Kent debuts last time out in Yorkshire, with Overseas signing Ben Lister in theory becoming available for selection in next week’s home match against Middlesex, international schedule permitting. The Club remains in contact with Cricket New Zealand.

Harry Finch will continue to keep wicket – his one-handed catch to put Kent ahead on DLS against Yorkshire Vikings was named FanCraze Gamechanger last time out.

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Kent Spitfires squad vs. Leicestershire Foxes: Jack Leaning (Captain), Arafat Bhuiyan, James Bazley (Overseas player), Alex Blake, Ben Compton, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Nathan Gilchrist, Hamid Qadri, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Matt Quinn, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

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