Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Northamptonshire Steelbacks

Kent Spitfires welcome Northamptonshire Steelbacks to The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence this Sunday in the Royal London Cup.

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The Spitfires will be looking to open their 50-over account at Canterbury this season after away matches and their first home match at The County Ground, Beckenham.

Four Spitfires – Ollie Robinson (309), Alex Blake (160), Ben Compton (151) & Joey Evison (135) have passed 100 runs so far in the competition and Kent will be able to go above Sunday’s opponents with a victory.

Last Time Out

Kent Spitfires came out second best against the Eagles on a warm Summer’s evening across the Thames.

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Tom Westley’s century laid the foundations for a 182-run victory, with a third-wicket partnership of 184 in 30 overs with newcomer Grant Roelofsen. Westley contributed 109 from 101 balls, while Roelofsen chipped in with a 79-ball 77.

However, that Essex were able to set a target of 332 was largely thanks to a late burst of 41 from 22 deliveries by Shane Snater that steadied a ship that at one stage looked in danger of running aground. Kent’s 20-year-old seamer Joey Evison took some stick but finished with career-best figures of 3-62.

Opposition Report

Like Kent, Northamptonshire have one victory so far in the tournament, although they have played one less match.

New Zealander Will Young is the Steelbacks’ top batter so far in 50-over cricket this year with 186 runs at 62.00, whilst Saif Zaib averages 86.00 from two innings.

Nathan Buck has 11 wickets to his name at an average of just 17.00, with Zaib & Jack White also taking five wickets apiece.

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Kent Spitfires vs. Northamptonshire Steelbacks will be streamed and 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 sustained a calf injury whilst batting in Cardiff. Following an assessment & scan, he is expected to make a full recovery in the coming weeks.

Grant Stewart is managing a minor soft tissue injury & is expected to return to action very soon. George Linde is managing an a knee injury & is expected to be fit for South Africa’s domestic season.

Joe Denly will continue to captain the Spitfires.

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