Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Middlesex (T20 Double-Header)

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Middlesex (T20 Double-Header)

Sunday T20s are back at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence – TWO matches are taking place in Canterbury on Sunday 9 June, with South East Stars facing Central Sparks in the Charlotte Edwards Cup from 11:00am, before Kent Spitfires take on Middlesex from 3:30pm.

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Matchday Information

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

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South East Stars

Previewed by Jon Batham – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Bryony Smith
  • Head Coach: Johann Myburgh
  • 2023 finish: Fifth
  • 2023 highest run-scorer: Bryony Smith (256)
  • 2023 highest wicket-taker: Danielle Gregory & Phoebe Franklin (7)

The big question: Traditionally, Stars have been disrupted in the shorter format by England call-ups, but with only Alice Capsey on duty versus Pakistan can they recapture the form which saw them become inaugural winners in 2021.

Player to watch: Sophia Dunkley – Overlooked by England, if Dunkley can return to her destructive best, she will lend support to Bryony Smith and a top order which lost three wickets in the powerplay three times last season.

Young gun: Kent’s Alexa Stonehouse – Fresh from her exploits at the Women’s U19s World Cup, Stonehouse offers the prospect of wickets in the powerplay, plus some power hitting either down the order or even employed as a pinch-hitter should that role be required.

Final thought: Even making allowances for international call-ups, Stars were underwhelming in this competition in 2023. Their batting either misfired in the powerplay or failed to build on good starts given by Bryony Smith. They also had no bowler among the top 10 wicket-takers.

Live Streaming for both matches

If you’re unable to join us at The Spitfire Ground, Kent Spitfires vs. Middlesex 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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South East Stars vs. Central Sparks will be live streamed via the Club’s official YouTube account, using KentCricketPlay’s enhanced coverage.

This decision is to drive reach for Women’s cricket, and the Club’s agreement with broadcasters & the ECB applies only to Kent Spitfires T20 matches.

Opposition Report

Previewed by Ben Kosky – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Stephen Eskinazi
  • Overseas players: None
  • Finals Day appearances: One (2008)
  • Titles: One (2008)
  • 2023 finish: Ninth (South Group)
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Stephen Eskinazi (462)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Tom Helm (12)

Key winter moves: Financial restrictions mean Middlesex go into the tournament without any imports, but former Derbyshire skipper Leus du Plooy is an excellent addition to their middle order while Henry Brookes should take some pressure off Tom Helm’s shoulders in the seam bowling department.

The big question: While Middlesex possess batting brawn up top, with Eskinazi, Max Holden and Joe Cracknell, their tendency has been to stumble in the middle overs. Can Du Plooy provide the cool head required to manage an innings – arguably lacking ever since Eoin Morgan called it a day.

Wildcard watch: Jack Davies steered Middlesex across the line in last year’s thrilling run-fest against Surrey, recording an overall strike rate north of 150 during the tournament. The big-hitting wicketkeeper-batter should be guaranteed plenty more opportunities to shine in the wake of John Simpson’s departure to Sussex.

Final thought: Although Middlesex’s decision to switch two home games to Chelmsford was controversial, it’s unlikely to put them at a disadvantage. The perennial T20 under-achievers belatedly found form on the road in last year’s Blast, winning three of their last four group matches after losing 10 in a row – including every game at home.

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Last Time Out for Kent Spitfires

A superb century by Sam Billings helped the Kent Spitfires to a four-wicket win over Somerset with four balls to spare, in a Vitality Blast thriller at Canterbury.

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Kent were reeling on 37 for four in the fifth over but they were rescued a sensational innings by Billings, who hit a career best 106 from 66 balls, with 14 fours and two sixes.

The Spitfires’ skipper fell in the 19th, but with Kent needing just six from the last six balls, Joey Evison hit the winning runs to complete a brilliant comeback for the hosts, who closed on 198 for six.

Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named an unchanged squad of 14 from the Spitfires’ dramatic win on Friday.

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.

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

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 vs. Middlesex: Sam Billings (Captain), Xavier Bartlett (Overseas player), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Hamidullah Qadri, Jas Singh, Grant Stewart, Beyers Swanepoel (Overseas player)

Next Home Match

Kent Spitfires take on Gloucestershire in a Father’s Day afternoon T20 clash at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence!

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