Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Somerset

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Somerset

The Vitality Blast is BACK at The Spitfire Ground! Kent Spitfires’ home T20 opener is against Somerset, a repeat of the 2021 Vitality Blast Final.

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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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Kent Spitfires to support Pride at T20 home opener

Kent Cricket is proud to announce that it has designated its Vitality Blast home opener on Friday 7 June at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence as its annual Pride Match, as part of a weekend of Pride celebrations around the city of Canterbury.

Canterbury has the highest percentage of people who identify as LGBTQ+ in the county of Kent and the annual Pride Canterbury event is one of the biggest in the county, with over 30,000 visitors every year. Following the successful Pride Match at The Spitfire Ground last year, we anticipate our T20 home opener against Somerset, held during Pride Month, to be another opportunity to welcome all cricket followers, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

At Kent Cricket, we are steadfast in our commitment to make the game of cricket accessible to all, and during Pride Month, we actively celebrate the LGBTQ+ community so they feel valued and welcome.

We will once again be supporting The BeYou Project – as part of the Club’s Official Charity Partner, Porchlight. The BeYou Project works to develop a culture of understanding where everyone is free to be who they are, so that LGBTQ+ young people across Kent feel included, have positive mental health and a bright future.

In 2024, the Club continues its proud association with Out4Cricket, who recently helped us host two cricket taster sessions for members of the LGBTQ+ community at both The County Ground, Beckenham and The Spitfire Ground.

At this year’s Pride match, you will once again see players wearing Pride armbands, with rainbow-themed stumps and dedicated Pride FanKlappers will be handed out to spectators, too.

Live Streaming via KentCricketPlay

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

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Opposition Report

Previewed by Richard Latham – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Lewis Gregory
  • Overseas players: Riley Meredith (Australia)
  • Finals Day appearances: Nine (2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023)
  • Titles: Two (2005, 2023)
  • 2023 finish: Champions
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Will Smeed (523)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Matt Henry (31)

Key winter moves: Australia quick Riley Meredith has been signed to replace Matt Henry, who played such a big part in lifting the trophy last season. Roelof van der Merwe is back on a white-ball contract having not been named in the Netherlands squad for the World Cup.

The big question: Can Tom Kohler-Cadmore return from a disappointing Indian Premier League campaign with Rajasthan Royals in confident enough mood to repeat the outstanding success of his first season at Somerset, which saw him average almost 35 in scoring 489 Vitality Blast runs?

Wildcard watch: Ben Green’s innocuous looking medium-paced bowling brought him 30 Blast wickets last summer, many of them to catches as opponents looked to increase their run-rate. That was only one less than leading wicket-taker Matt Henry and the 26-year-old Devonian all-rounder will go into this season’s competition high on self-belief.

Final thought: As champions, Somerset will be the team everyone is gunning for this summer. But they boast a formidable batting line-up to cash in on their true home pitches and can again count on fantastic support and a vibrant atmosphere at the Cooper Associates County Ground, which has become an intimidating venue for visiting sides.

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Last Time Out

A sun-drenched Sunday afternoon T20 went down to the final over at the Utilita Bowl in Southampton as Hampshire Hawks came out on top by three wickets with a delivery remaining, after a tightly-contested clash with the Kent Spitfires.

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The Hawks required 42 off the last three overs but successive maximums from James Fuller helped turned the balance back towards Hampshire before Benny Howell and Liam Dawson were able to steer the hosts to victory.

All-rounder Joey Evison picked up three for 31 – his second-best T20 figures – to put Kent in control before the late efforts handed Hampshire their first T20 win of the season.

Daniel Bell-Drummond and Sam Billings’ 40s were the foundations for the Spitfires’ 165 for nine.

Team News

Kent Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named an unchanged squad of 14 for the Spitfires’ home T20 opener.

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 & is 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. Somerset: 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 Middlesex in a Sunday afternoon T20 clash at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence!

One ticket, two matches – all Members & ticket holders for the Middlesex match also get entry to South East Stars vs. Central Sparks in the Charlotte Edwards Cup, beginning at 11:00!

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