Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Men’s First Team

Vitality Blast

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey

The 249th year of rivalry between Kent & Surrey continues as Kent Spitfires host their Metropolitan neighbours at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in the Vitality Blast.

In the 36 completed T20 matches played between the two sides since 2003, both Kent and Surrey have won 18 apiece.

This season, Kent Spitfires will be looking for their first points of the Group Stage in the tournament.

Sam Billings currently has 106 runs for Kent, with Jack Leaning (97) & George Linde (96) both approaching the 100-run mark.

South African Linde currently has a tournament strike rate of 208.69, and has also hit seven sixes – one more than Leaning on six.

With the ball, both Fred Klaassen & Matt Milnes have four wickets to their names, whilst the spin duo of Linde & Qais Ahmad have three.


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Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey will be streamed live via Kent Cricket’s YouTube channel, with a live scorecard running on the Match Centre on the Kent Cricket website.

Opposition report

Surrey face Hampshire on Thursday night before travelling to Canterbury on Friday.

So far, the visitors have won both of their two matches in this year’s Vitality Blast, with a Net Run Rate of 1.095.

They will however be without current top scorer Ollie Pope and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes due to England duty, but will be able to call upon the bit hitting of West Indies legend Kieron Pollard, and the talented Will Jacks, as well as internationals in Jason Roy, Chris Jordan, Sam Curran, Daniel Worrall and Reece Topley.

Another West Indies international, Sunil Narine, has a bowling economy of only 4.25 after his first two T20 matches as a Surrey player, with Sam Curran taking five wickets, Topley three, and Worrall two.

Team News

Kent Men Head Coach Matt Walker has named a squad of 13 for Friday’s match.

Left-arm seamer Fred Klaassen is now four wickets away from 50 T20 wickets as a Kent Spitfire.

Darren Stevens (injury) & Zak Crawley (England) remain unavailable.

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Next Home Match

Kent Spitfires take on Middlesex on Sunday afternoon at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

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