Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey

Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Surrey

Sunday afternoon T20 action takes place at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence as Surrey are the visitors to face the Kent Spitfires in the Vitality Blast.

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Michael Hogan is currently Kent’s top T20 bowler in the Blast this year – his eight wickets have come at an average of 14.75, including a spell of 3-13 against Gloucestershire on debut. Grant Stewart has seven wickets with an average of 17.57, whilst Australians Wes Agar & Kane Richardson both have three wickets apiece.

With the bat, Tawanda Muyeye is currently averaging over 30.00 & is Kent’s current top run scorer with 132. Daniel Bell-Drummond has 111 runs, whilst Jordan Cox is the Spitfires’ current biggest hitter with four sixes in four matches.

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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Ground opens at 12:30, First Ball at 14:30, Interval scheduled for 15:45, Second Innings scheduled for 16:00, scheduled end of match at 17:15

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence is a cashless venue. The Kent Cricket Shop, ticket sales, and food & beverage payments at all outlets are conducted without cash during matches.

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Live Streaming via KentCricketPlay

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

Streams will cost £5.99 for all non-Members, & FREE for all 2023 Kent Members.

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Opposition Report

  • Captain: Chris Jordan
  • Overseas players: Sunil Narine (West Indies), Sean Abbott (Australia)
  • Finals Day appearances: 7 (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014, 2020)
  • Titles: 1 (2003)
  • 2022 finish: Quarter-finals
  • 2022 leading run-scorer: Will Jacks (449)
  • 2022 leading wicket-taker: Chris Jordan (17)

he only significant change in Surrey’s short-form ranks from last year is the arrival of Sean Abbott, the Australian fast bowler who also hits a long ball, as an overseas player in place of West Indies veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Abbott, 31, has played 11 ODIs and nine T20 internationals.

  • The big question: Can Surrey finally add to their only previous T20 Cup triumph, which came under Adam Hollioake’s captaincy way back in the inaugural tournament in 2003. Since then there have been six other Finals Day appearances, with runners-up finishes in 2004, 2013 and 2020. A Blast title is certainly high on Surrey’s wish list for this summer as they also try to retain their 2022 LV= Insurance County Championship crown.
  • Wildcard watch: Jordan Clark and Tom Lawes – Twelve Surrey players were selected in the Hundred Draft, either retained or picked, but of those still without a franchise the likes of all-rounders Clark and Lawes, plus Aussie paceman and UK passport holder Dan Worrall, will be looking to catch the eye.

Surrey’s recent Championship success has been based, bowling-wise, on an outstanding pace battery but in T20 they look far more to spin, with West Indian wizard Sunil Narine – perhaps the world’s best mystery spinner in short-form cricket – backed up by combative left-armer Dan Moriarty and the off spin of multi-talented all-rounder Will Jacks. The batting, meanwhile, looks strong and deep.

Squad News

Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a squad of 15 for our match with Surrey.

Matt Quinn & Kane Richardson are added to the squad that went to Glamorgan on Friday, & with three overseas players in the matchday squad, only two can be selected in the Playing XI.

Zak Crawley is in England’s Test team to face Ireland at Lord’s, whilst Fred Klaassen is unavailable for the start of the Vitality Blast due to personal reasons.

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Next Home Match

Canterbury Cricket Week is back!

Kent Spitfires will face Essex in a T20 showdown back at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence at a new start time of 18:30 on Wednesday 7 June:

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Ticket holders for this match also gain complimentary access to South East Stars vs. Central Sparks in the Charlotte Edwards Cup T20 competition from 14:00 on the same day.

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