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Match Preview: Kent Spitfires vs. Sussex Sharks

Kent Spitfires return to Friday night T20 action under the lights at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence as they take on Sussex Sharks in the Vitality Blast.

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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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Live Streaming Kent Spitfires vs. Sussex Sharks via KentCricketPlay

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

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Opposition Report

Previewed by Bruce Talbot – ECB Reporters Network

  • Captain: Tymal Mills
  • Overseas players: Daniel Hughes (Australia), Nathan McAndrew (Australia)
  • Finals Day appearances: Five (2007, 2009, 2012, 2018, 2021)
  • Titles: One (2009)
  • 2023 finish: Sixth (South Group)
  • 2023 leading run-scorer: Ravi Bopara (408)
  • 2023 leading wicket-taker: Tymal Mills & Ravi Bopara (12)

Tymal Mills, one of only three players who took part at Finals Day in 2021 still at Sussex, takes over as captain. Daniel Hughes, the experienced Australian left-hander who has played 105 Big Bash games, will be joined by compatriot Nathan McAndrew, who played seven Blast matches for Sussex in 2023.

Neither of Sussex’s two top scorers in 2023 – Ravi Bopara and Michael Burgess – are around this year so who is going to fire the batting? A lot depends on Daniel Hughes, who is experiencing the Blast for the first time, while Danny Lamb will look to take on Bopara’s all-rounder role.

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Team News

Men’s Head Coach Matt Walker has named a 14-strong squad for the War of the Wealds.

Sam Billings skippers the side, with Feroze Khushi available for the Spitfires in this match as part of his loan agreement.

Zak Crawley is with England’s squad for their Test series against West Indies, whilst Joe Denly (knee) remains sidelined.

Beyers Swanepoel (hamstring), Matt Quinn, Fred Klaassen & Michael Cohen (all back) remain unavailable.

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Kent Spitfires’ squad to face Sussex Sharks: Sam Billings (Captain), Daniel Bell-Drummond, Joey Evison, Harry Finch, George Garrett, Nathan Gilchrist, Feroze Khushi, Jack Leaning, Tawanda Muyeye, Marcus O’Riordan, Matt Parkinson, Tom Rogers (Overseas player), Jas Singh, Grant Stewart

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Kent Spitfires face Glamorgan under lights!

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